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[moi-suh n] /ˈmɔɪ sən/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to make or become moist.
Origin of moisten
1570-80; moist + -en1
Related forms
moistener, noun
overmoisten, verb
premoistened, adjective
remoisten, verb
supermoisten, verb (used with object)
unmoisten, verb (used with object)
dampen, wet, sponge, spray. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for moisten
  • To moisten the mash, ladle in some of the starchy cooking water, which may eliminate the need for cream and butter.
  • Turn the compost pile every few days to two weeks, and moisten regularly with water.
  • moisten the layers with water, and then cover them with a small amount of regular dirt.
  • Top this with more dried leaves, shredded paper or cardboard, and moisten with a small amount of water.
  • Fill the compost bin, moisten the ingredients periodically and let decomposition work its magic over six months to two years.
  • If rain doesn't do the job for you, moisten the bed thoroughly a few days before you intend to plant.
  • Whether you water by drip or by hose, water long enough to moisten the entire root area.
  • Add water, blending it in well to completely moisten the mix.
  • Light tickles the nostrils, which then causes the eyes to moisten, not the other way around.
  • Turn the cookies to moisten the other sides and let stand until the cookies have absorbed all the syrup.
British Dictionary definitions for moisten


to make or become moist
Derived Forms
moistener, noun
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Word Origin and History for moisten

1570s, from moist + -en (1). Related: Moistened; moistening. The earlier verb was simply moist (early 14c.), from Old French moistir.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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