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"dampen" in British English

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dampenverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈdæm.pən/
  • dampen verb [T] (MAKE WET)

(also damp) to make something ​slightlywet: Rain had dampened the ​tent so we ​left it to ​dry in the ​afternoonsun.
(Definition of dampen from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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dampenverb [T]

 us   /ˈdæm·pən/
to make something ​slightlywet: Rain dampened the ​tent, but it ​dried in the ​sun. If something dampens ​feelings, esp. of ​excitement or ​enjoyment, it makes them less ​strong: I ​think the ​accident dampened his ​enthusiasm for ​baseball.
(Definition of dampen from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dampen" in Business English

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dampenverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈdæmpən/
to make something less ​strong or ​successful: The ​outlook for the ​globaleconomy looked ​gloomy, and dampened ​expectations of a ​rise in ​profits that ​quarter. Rising raw-material ​costs dampened ​profits for many ​manufacturers.
(Definition of dampen from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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