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Definition of moisten verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

moisten

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈmɔɪsn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔɪsn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they moisten
BrE BrE//ˈmɔɪsn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔɪsn//
 
he / she / it moistens
BrE BrE//ˈmɔɪsnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔɪsnz//
 
past simple moistened
BrE BrE//ˈmɔɪsnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔɪsnd//
 
past participle moistened
BrE BrE//ˈmɔɪsnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔɪsnd//
 
-ing form moistening
BrE BrE//ˈmɔɪsnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔɪsnɪŋ//
 
 
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[transitive, intransitive] moisten (something) to become or make something slightly wet He moistened his lips before he spoke. Moisten the tape with water before use. Wash the wound gently with a piece of moistened cotton wool. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from moist + -en.
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