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moisten

[moi-suh n] /ˈmɔɪ sən/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to make or become moist.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; moist + -en1
Related forms
moistener, noun
overmoisten, verb
premoistened, adjective
remoisten, verb
supermoisten, verb (used with object)
unmoisten, verb (used with object)
Synonyms
dampen, wet, sponge, spray.
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moisten

/ˈmɔɪsən/
verb
1.
to make or become moist
Derived Forms
moistener, noun
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Word Origin and History for over moisten

moisten

v.

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

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