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English definition of “dampen”

dampen

verb [T] uk   /ˈdæm.pən/ us  

dampen verb [T] (MAKE WET)

(also damp) to make something slightly wet: Rain had dampened the tent so we left it to dry in the afternoon sun.

dampen verb [T] (FEELINGS)

to make feelings, especially of excitement or enjoyment, less strong: Nothing you can say will dampen her enthusiasm. I didn't want to dampen his spirits.
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