dampen dampen  /ˈdæm pən/

Definition(s):

  1. (v) smother or suppress
  2. (v) make moist
  3. (v) deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
  4. (v) reduce the amplitude (of oscillations or waves)
  5. (v) make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible
  6. (v) check; keep in check (a fire)
  7. (v) lessen in force or effect

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Usage(s):

  1. As he prepared for the biggest speech of his career, Obama spent late nights writing and trying to dampen expectations.
  2. Blur as sotong responses like mine won't dampen Wong's zeal for promoting good English.
  3. It's a fairly well-known fact, for example, that most antidepressants dampen desire and the ability to be aroused.

News

  1. Southington school project ready to get under way

    SOUTHINGTON — Rain did not dampen the spirits of Board of Education members, school administrators and elected officials who gathered at DePaolo Middle School Tuesday to celebrate the upcoming renovations of both middle schools. They posed with plastic construction hats and small shovels for a ceremonial groundbreaking.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: The New Britain Herald

  2. Groundbreaking held for Southington school project

    SOUTHINGTON — Rain did not dampen the spirits of Board of Education members, school administrators and elected officials who gathered at DePaolo Middle School Tuesday to celebrate the upcoming renovations of both middle schools. They posed with plastic construction hats and small shovels for a ceremonial groundbreaking.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: The Bristol Press

  3. Community marks end of slavery with 24th annual Juneteenth festival

    Saturday’s damp weather did not dampen the spirits of the Manhattan residents who gathered in City Park to celebrate the Juneteenth Community Festival, an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. People huddled together under tarps at stands serving barbecue ribs and jerk chicken, calling out to each other as they [...]
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Kansas State Collegian

Quotes

  1. "There still is a lot of uncertainties in the US economic outlook, as well as on China's macro policies, that could dampen buying interest in the near term," said Peter Lai, a director at DBS Vickers in Hong Kong.
    on Aug 24, 2007 By: Peter Lai Source: Malaysia Sun

  2. "The intensification and broadening of the financial market turmoil is likely to dampen global and euro-area demand for a rather protracted period of time," Jean-Claude Trichet, president of the European Central Bank, said.
    on Nov 6, 2008 By: Jean-Claude Trichet Source: New York Times

  3. "Underwriting standards have to be high. That's the way to dampen potential losses you might face," Chief Financial Officer Gary Crittenden said.
    on Apr 19, 2008 By: Gary Crittenden Source: Seattle Times

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