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dampen

[dam-puh n] /ˈdæm pən/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make damp; moisten:
to dampen a sponge.
2.
to dull or deaden; depress:
to dampen one's spirits.
3.
damp (def 10).
verb (used without object)
4.
to become damp.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; damp + -en1
Related forms
dampener, noun
undampened, adjective
Can be confused
damp, dampen, moist (see synonym study at damp)
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British Dictionary definitions for dampener

dampen

/ˈdæmpən/
verb
1.
to make or become damp
2.
(transitive) to stifle; deaden
Derived Forms
dampener, noun
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Word Origin and History for dampener
n.

1887, agent noun from dampen.

dampen

v.

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.

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