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Definition of dampen verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dampen
    he / she / it dampens
    past simple dampened
    -ing form dampening
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  1. 1dampen something to make something slightly wet Perspiration dampened her face and neck. He dampened his hair to make it lie flat.
  2. 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.
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