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Definition of 'dampen'


  1. smother or suppress; "Stifle your curiosity"
       Synonyms: stifle
       Antonyms: stimulate excite
  2. make moist; "The dew moistened the meadows"
       Synonyms: moisten wash
  3. deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
       Synonyms: muffle mute dull damp tone down
  4. reduce the amplitude (of oscillations or waves)
  5. make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible; "muffle the message"
       Synonyms: deaden damp
  6. check; keep in check (a fire)
  7. lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall"
       Synonyms: damp soften weaken break

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