Meaning of MOISTEN in English


ˈmȯis ə n verb

( moistened ; moistened ; moistening -s( ə )niŋ ; moistens )

Etymology: moist (I) + -en

transitive verb

: to make moist : dampen , saturate

moistened her lips in anticipation — Beverley Nichols

broad alluvial plain … plentifully moistened by rain-bearing winds — R.S.Billington

specifically : to make moist by immersing in a liquid

passed the cup to his wounded neighbor, without stopping even to moisten his own lips — Andrew Combe

intransitive verb

: to become moist

heard a catch in his voice and saw his eyes moisten

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.