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[dam-puh n] /ˈdæm pən/
verb (used with object)
to make damp; moisten:
to dampen a sponge.
to dull or deaden; depress:
to dampen one's spirits.
damp (def 10).
verb (used without object)
to become damp.
1620-30; damp + -en1
Related forms
dampener, noun
undampened, adjective
Can be confused
damp, dampen, moist (see synonym study at damp) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dampened
  • The second study found that delta waves were dampened.
  • But the difficulties above dampened my enthusiasm for this idea.
  • Perhaps the biggest success of all this was how it fired her imagination, rather than dampened it with too much information.
  • Music input and outside speech are both dampened by excessive white noise.
  • The glaring inconsistencies which his colleagues pointed out in his policies never dampened his spirits.
  • Instead, a particular gene's expression was dampened, causing the brain to produce fewer calming hormones.
  • And a mop dampened with lukewarm water picks up dust, spills and dirt.
  • When fixing on the nose or nostrils or the mouth, the effect is much dampened and all look pretty ordinary.
  • The convivial mood is dampened only by the task at hand.
  • Transfer summer roll, seam side down, to a plate and cover with dampened paper towels.
British Dictionary definitions for dampened


to make or become damp
(transitive) to stifle; deaden
Derived Forms
dampener, noun
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Word Origin and History for dampened



1630s, "to dull or deaden" (of force, enthusiasm, ardor, etc.), from damp (adj.) + -en (1). Meaning "to moisten" is recorded from 1827. Related: Dampened; dampening.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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