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dampen

verb
     
damp‧en [transitive]
1 to make something slightly wet [= moisten]
2 also dampen down British English to make something such as a feeling or activity less strong:
The light rain dampened the crowd's enthusiasm.
Raising interest rates might dampen the economy.
3 to make a sound or movement less loud or strong:
The spring dampens the shock of the impact.

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