- To damp down something such as a strong emotion, an argument, or a crisis means to make it calmer or less intense.
[V P n (not pron)] His hand moved to his mouth as he tried to damp down the panic...
[be V-ed P] The entire spending boost could go on wage demands unless expectations are damped down.Syn:
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damp down — To close down a furnace, etc (dampˈing downˈ noun) • • • Main Entry: ↑damp * * * damp down variant UK US Main entry: damp … Useful english dictionary
damp down — index diminish Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
damp down — /ˌdæmp daυn/ verb to reduce ● to damp down demand for domestic consumption of oil … Dictionary of banking and finance
damp down — See: damp III … English dictionary
damp down something — ˌdamp ˈdown sth derived to make an emotion or a feeling less strong Main entry: ↑dampderived … Useful english dictionary
damp down a fire — extinguish a fire … English contemporary dictionary
damp — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ slightly wet. ► NOUN ▪ moisture in the air, on a surface, or in a solid. ► VERB 1) make damp. 2) (damp down) control or restrain (a feeling or situation). 3) (damp down … English terms dictionary
damp — damp1 [dæmp] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Middle Low German] 1.) slightly wet, often in an unpleasant way ▪ Wipe the leather with a damp cloth. ▪ a cold, damp day 2.) damp squib BrE informal something that is intended to be exciting, effective etc,… … Dictionary of contemporary English
damp — I UK [dæmp] / US adjective ** something that is damp is slightly wet, often in an unpleasant way or when it should be dry a cold damp basement room The wood won t burn if it s damp. Cover the bowl with a warm damp cloth. Derived words: damply… … English dictionary
damp — Synonyms and related words: abate, abridge, absorb the shock, acoustic tile, afterdamp, allay, alleviate, antiknock, arrest, asperge, asphyxiate, assimilate to, assuage, attemper, attenuate, baffle, baffler, balance, bank the fire, beat down,… … Moby Thesaurus