Definition of moisten in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɔɪs(ə)n/


[with object]
1Wet slightly: she moistened her lips with the tip of her tongue
More example sentences
  • Slightly moisten the rock salt with the water and spread on a tray large enough to take the oysters.
  • Dredge the bones in flour to coat, slightly moistening the bones with reserved liquid if necessary to make starch adhere.
  • To obtain each sample, 4 sterile cotton-tipped applicators were slightly moistened in sterile saline and swabbed along the length of the shaft.
1.1 [no object] (Of the eyes) fill with tears: her eyes moistened
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  • The comment stung Renae and she felt the danger of tears as her eyes moistened.
  • Her throat felt dry and her eyes moistened as a tear jerked itself out, her breath turned to gasps of disbelief.
  • ‘At 30, I thought I was going to live happily ever after,’ he says, his eyes moistening for the first time.

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