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damp·en

 (dăm′pən)
v. damp·ened, damp·en·ing, damp·ens
v.tr.
1. To make damp.
2. To deaden, restrain, or depress: "trade moves ... aimed at dampening protectionist pressures in Congress" (Christian Science Monitor).
3. To soundproof.
v.intr.
To become damp.

damp′en·er n.

dampen

(ˈdæmpən)
vb
1. to make or become damp
2. (tr) to stifle; deaden
ˈdampener n

damp•en

(ˈdæm pən)

v.t.
1. to make damp; moisten.
2. to dull or deaden; depress: to dampen one's spirits.
v.i.
4. to become damp.
[1620–30]
damp′en•er, n.

dampen


Past participle: dampened
Gerund: dampening

Imperative
dampen
dampen
Present
I dampen
you dampen
he/she/it dampens
we dampen
you dampen
they dampen
Preterite
I dampened
you dampened
he/she/it dampened
we dampened
you dampened
they dampened
Present Continuous
I am dampening
you are dampening
he/she/it is dampening
we are dampening
you are dampening
they are dampening
Present Perfect
I have dampened
you have dampened
he/she/it has dampened
we have dampened
you have dampened
they have dampened
Past Continuous
I was dampening
you were dampening
he/she/it was dampening
we were dampening
you were dampening
they were dampening
Past Perfect
I had dampened
you had dampened
he/she/it had dampened
we had dampened
you had dampened
they had dampened
Future
I will dampen
you will dampen
he/she/it will dampen
we will dampen
you will dampen
they will dampen
Future Perfect
I will have dampened
you will have dampened
he/she/it will have dampened
we will have dampened
you will have dampened
they will have dampened
Future Continuous
I will be dampening
you will be dampening
he/she/it will be dampening
we will be dampening
you will be dampening
they will be dampening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dampening
you have been dampening
he/she/it has been dampening
we have been dampening
you have been dampening
they have been dampening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dampening
you will have been dampening
he/she/it will have been dampening
we will have been dampening
you will have been dampening
they will have been dampening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dampening
you had been dampening
he/she/it had been dampening
we had been dampening
you had been dampening
they had been dampening
Conditional
I would dampen
you would dampen
he/she/it would dampen
we would dampen
you would dampen
they would dampen
Past Conditional
I would have dampened
you would have dampened
he/she/it would have dampened
we would have dampened
you would have dampened
they would have dampened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.dampen - smother or suppress; "Stifle your curiosity"
suffocate, choke - suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of; "His job suffocated him"
conquer, inhibit, stamp down, suppress, subdue, curb - to put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires"
2.dampen - make moistdampen - make moist; "The dew moistened the meadows"
wet - cause to become wet; "Wet your face"
humidify, moisturise, moisturize - make (more) humid; "We have a machine that humidifies the air in the house"
baste - cover with liquid before cooking; "baste a roast"
3.dampen - deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrappingdampen - deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
soften - make (images or sounds) soft or softer
4.dampen - reduce the amplitude (of oscillations or waves)
weaken - lessen the strength of; "The fever weakened his body"
5.dampen - make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible; "muffle the message"
soften, damp, weaken, dampen, break - lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall"
6.dampen - check; keep in check (a fire)
retard, delay, check - slow the growth or development of; "The brain damage will retard the child's language development"
7.dampen - lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall"
blunt, deaden - make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation; "Terror blunted her feelings"; "deaden a sound"
deafen - make soundproof; "deafen a room"
deaden, damp, dampen - make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible; "muffle the message"

dampen

verb
1. reduce, check, moderate, dash, dull, restrain, deter, stifle, lessen, smother, muffle, deaden Nothing seemed to dampen his enthusiasm.
2. moisten, wet, spray, make damp, bedew, besprinkle She took the time to dampen a cloth and wash her face.

dampen

verb
1. To make moist:
2. To decrease or dull the sound of:
Translations
يُخْمِد، يُهَدِّئ، يُثبِطيُرَطِّب
navlhčittlumitzchladit
dæmpefugtelægge en dæmper på
draga úrgera rakan
ovlažiti

dampen

[ˈdæmpən] VT
1. (= moisten) → humedecer
2. (fig) [+ hopes] → frustrar; [+ enthusiasm, zeal] → enfriar
his words dampened her hopessus palabras frustraron sus esperanzassus palabras le hicieron perder las esperanzas
I don't want to dampen your enthusiasm, butno quiero enfriar tu entusiasmo, pero ...no quiero hacer que pierdas tu entusiasmo, pero ...
to dampen sb's spiritsdesanimar or desalentar a algn
to dampen sb's ardourapagar el ardor de algn

dampen

[ˈdæmpən] vt
(= diminish) [+ enthusiasm, excitement] → refroidir
(= lower) to dampen sb's spirits → décourager qn
(= moisten) [+ cloth] → humecter
dampen down
vt sep (= check) [+ demands] → freiner; [+ economy] → freiner

dampen

[ˈdæmpn] vt (cloth, rag) → inumidire (fig) (enthusiasm) → raffreddare; (hopes) → diminuire
to dampen sb's courage → scoraggiare qn
to dampen sb's spirits → buttar giù qn
dampen down = damp down

damp

(dӕmp) adjective
slightly wet. This towel is still damp.
noun
slight wetness, especially in the air. The walls were brown with (the) damp.
ˈdampen verb
1. to make damp.
2. to make or become less fierce or strong (interest etc). The rain dampened everyone's enthusiasm considerably.
ˈdamper noun
1. something which lessens the strength of enthusiasm, interest etc. Her presence cast a damper on the proceedings.
2. a movable plate for controlling the draught eg in a stove.
ˈdampness noun
slight wetness.
damp down
1. to make (a fire) burn more slowly.
2. to reduce, make less strong. He was trying to damp down their enthusiasm.

dampen

vt. humedecer, mojar.
References in classic literature ?
A thick coating of dust, slightly dampened by the mist, covered the floor of the bridge, but the only footprints were those of Mr.
The warriors returned across the river, the captain and his comrades proceeded on their journey; but the spirits of the communicative old chief, Yo-mus-ro-y-e-cut, were for a time completely dampened, and he evinced great mortification at what had just occurred.
We took a walk, but my spirits were very, very sadly dampened.
This fog seemed even destitute of humidity, and the articles brought in contact with it were scarcely dampened in the slightest degree.
I did not wish Maud's spirits to be dampened by such a find, so I turned seaward again with our boat and skirted the north-eastern point of the island.
They hastened to their lodges, but on arriving at them met with a check that at first dampened their cheerfulness.
earth had somewhat dampened the powder, but the startled functionary
But to live,--to wear on, day after day, of mean, bitter, low, harassing servitude, every nerve dampened and depressed, every power of feeling gradually smothered,--this long and wasting heart-martyrdom, this slow, daily bleeding away of the inward life, drop by drop, hour after hour,--this is the true searching test of what there may be in man or woman.
However, he dampened his finger, rubbed it on his nose, and stood erect to catch the upper scent, which, though it is the faintest, is the truest.
Jean Lemierre, chair of the board of BNP Paribas (BNPP,PA) has dampened speculation that the French bank is looking for a tie-up with Germany-based Commerzbank.
Economic growth is seen staying strong in the second quarter, although global banking giant Deutsche Bank warned that investor sentiment could be dampened by uncertainty about the President's health condition.
UNSETTLED weather dampened retail sales last month as consumers started to recover their appetites for grocery shopping but left summer clothes on the shelf, new figures have shown.