Part of speech: verb

To make damp; moisten; check; chill or depress.

Part of speech: noun


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Usage examples "dampen":

  1. But Most's attitude toward me will influence them: it will dampen their enthusiasm, and thus react on the propaganda. - "Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist", Alexander Berkman.
  2. Apparently even the hardships of such a common sailor's lot could not dampen his ardour for adventure, for he made a number of voyages. - "The Romance of Old New England Rooftrees", Mary Caroline Crawford.
  3. Dorothy and Ned were evidently enjoying themselves as well as those at front, for, it seemed to Tavia that Dorothy's laugh had not rung out so jolly in many weeks- so much had happened lately to dampen mirthful spirits. - "Dorothy Dale", Margaret Penrose.