verb (I, T) to become slightly wet, or to make something slightly wet: Moisten the clay if it seems too dry.

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  • Moisten — Mois ten, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Moistened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Moistening}.] 1. To make damp; to wet in a small degree. [1913 Webster] A pipe a little moistened on the inside. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. To soften by making moist; to make tender. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moisten — (v.) 1570s, from MOIST (Cf. moist) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Related: Moistened; moistening. The earlier verb was simply moist (early 14c.), from O.Fr. moistir …   Etymology dictionary

  • moisten — || mɔɪsn v. make slightly wet, make damp …   English contemporary dictionary

  • moisten — [v] make wet, damp bathe, bedew, dampen, dip, drench, humidify, lick, mist, moisturize, rain on, rinse, saturate, shower, soak, sog, sop, splash, splatter, spray, sprinkle, squirt, steam, steep, wash, water, water down, waterlog, wet; concept 256 …   New thesaurus

  • moisten — [mois′ən] vt., vi. to make or become moist moistener n …   English World dictionary

  • moisten — [[t]mɔ͟ɪs(ə)n[/t]] moistens, moistening, moistened VERB To moisten something means to make it slightly wet. [V n] She took a sip of water to moisten her dry throat. [V ed] ...a moistened flannel …   English dictionary

  • moisten — UK [ˈmɔɪs(ə)n] / US verb [transitive] Word forms moisten : present tense I/you/we/they moisten he/she/it moistens present participle moistening past tense moistened past participle moistened to make something slightly wet …   English dictionary

  • moisten — verb Moisten is used with these nouns as the object: ↑cloth, ↑lip …   Collocations dictionary

  • moisten — moist|en [ˈmɔısən] v [T] to make something slightly wet ▪ Moisten the clay if it seems too dry. ▪ She moistened her lips (=made her lips wet with her tongue) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • moisten — verb they moisten the towels with almond scented hot water Syn: dampen, wet, damp, water, humidify; literary bedew …   Thesaurus of popular words

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