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Dampen   /dˈæmpən/   Listen

(past & past part. dampened; pres. part. dampening)
Smother or suppress.  Synonym: stifle.
Make moist.  Synonyms: moisten, wash.
Deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping.  Synonyms: damp, dull, muffle, mute, tone down.
Reduce the amplitude (of oscillations or waves).
Make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible.  Synonyms: damp, deaden.
Check; keep in check (a fire).
Lessen in force or effect.  Synonyms: break, damp, soften, weaken.  "Break a fall"

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"Dampen" Quotes from Famous Books

... father said when Mr. Wise returned without him? What would his mother say and feel when his father reached home alone? How grief-stricken they would be! Tears came into Charley's eyes, and remorse threatened to dampen the pleasure, and rob him of the ardour, of the adventure, when Skipper Zeb, in his big, cheery ...
— Left on the Labrador - A Tale of Adventure Down North • Dillon Wallace

... it," said Jasper slowly, not wanting to dampen her anticipation, but dreadfully afraid that the new boy might ...
— Five Little Peppers at School • Margaret Sidney

... industries over the past four years has helped to offset the decline in coffee prices—Colombia's major export. The collapse of the International Coffee Agreement in the summer of 1989, a troublesome rural insurgency, and drug-related violence dampen prospects for future growth. ...
— The 1990 CIA World Factbook • United States. Central Intelligence Agency

... was a very simple device and not exactly original, having doubtless been used a little earlier by Christopher Columbus and Noah and those people. But we never permitted any question of priority to dampen our interest in ...
— Virginia: The Old Dominion • Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins

Words linked to "Dampen" :   humidify, deafen, inhibit, stamp down, retard, conquer, suffocate, moisturise, moisturize, blunt, curb, suppress, check, wet, delay, choke, stimulate, subdue, baste

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