- 1(less frequent damp) dampen something to make something slightly wet Perspiration dampened her face and neck. He dampened his hair to make it lie flat.
- 2dampen something to make something such as a feeling or a reaction less strong None of the setbacks could dampen his enthusiasm for the project. She wasn't going to let anything dampen her spirits today. Extra examples He had not managed to dampen down her enthusiasm. We dampened down the smouldering embers. I dampened a paper towel and wiped the surface clean. None of the setbacks could dampen his enthusiasm. She wasn’t going to let anything dampen her spirits today.
BrE BrE//ˈdæmpən//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæmpən//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dampen
BrE BrE//ˈdæmpən//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæmpən//he / she / it dampens
BrE BrE//ˈdæmpənz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæmpənz//past simple dampened
BrE BrE//ˈdæmpənd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæmpənd//past participle dampened
BrE BrE//ˈdæmpənd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæmpənd//-ing form dampening
BrE BrE//ˈdæmpənɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæmpənɪŋ//