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v. damp·ened, damp·en·ing, damp·ens
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.
To become damp.

damp′en·er n.
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Noun1.dampener - a device that dampens or moistens somethingdampener - a device that dampens or moistens something; "he used a dampener to moisten the shirts before he ironed them"
device - an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water"
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[ˈdæmpnər] n
to put a dampener on sth [+ day, evening] → gâcher qch
to put a dampener on things → tout gâcher
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