verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to make or become moist.

1570–80; moist + -en1

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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moisten (ˈmɔɪsən)
to make or become moist

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Word Origin & History

1570s, from moist + -en.
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Example sentences
To moisten the mash, ladle in some of the starchy cooking water, which may
  eliminate the need for cream and butter.
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.
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