damp|en [ `dæmpən ] verb transitive
1. ) to make something slightly wet:
If you dampen laundry, it's much easier to iron it.
2. ) dampen or dampen down to make something such as a feeling or hope less strong:
Not even defeat could dampen the enthusiasm of his supporters.
,dampen `down phrasal verb transitive
same as DAMPEN 2

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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