Definition of “dampen” - English Dictionary

“dampen” in American English

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dampenverb [ T ]

us /ˈdæm·pən/

to make something slightly wet:

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 /ˈdæmpən/ us

to make something less strong or successful:

The outlook for the global economy 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)