Definition of moisten in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Wet slightly.

    ‘she moistened her lips with the tip of her tongue’
    • ‘Dredge the bones in flour to coat, slightly moistening the bones with reserved liquid if necessary to make starch adhere.’
    • ‘Blinking produces tears that can help moisten and lubricate your eyes.’
    • ‘Martina moistens her lips, looking down the hallway towards the ICU area.’
    • ‘He slowed his pace slightly and swallowed to moisten his fear-parched throat.’
    • ‘Gel is better than lotion, she says, because it moistens and soothes the skin without penetrating it and causing more irritation.’
    • ‘The fine powder has to be slightly moistened and formed into granules to make a product which will dissolve without bedding down into a lumpy mass.’
    • ‘Basal tears are shed continually in order to moisten and protect the surface of the eye.’
    • ‘Slightly moisten the rock salt with the water and spread on a tray large enough to take the oysters.’
    • ‘To grow poppies, simply cultivate the area, rake smooth and moisten the soil.’
    • ‘Just make sure the roses receive enough water to moisten the soil to a depth of 18 inches every week during the growing season.’
    • ‘He paused, moistening his lower lip, nervous of her reaction.’
    • ‘This compound expands when moistened and begins the process of separating the block of stone from the quarry wall.’
    • ‘Water the garden thoroughly the day before planting to moisten the soil.’
    • ‘I lick my lips trying to moisten my mouth a bit and speak.’
    • ‘A well-prepared turducken is a marvelous treat, a free-form poultry terrine layered with flavorful stuffing and moistened with duck fat.’
    • ‘Encourage roots to grow downward by watering enough to moisten the soil about 6 inches down.’
    • ‘Alicia licked her lips, trying to moisten her parched mouth.’
    • ‘Jonnie moistens his lips and asks the question a second time.’
    • ‘To obtain each sample, 4 sterile cotton-tipped applicators were slightly moistened in sterile saline and swabbed along the length of the shaft.’
    • ‘A fitness facial for men will cleanse hydrate, moisten and refresh the skin.’
    dampen, wet, damp, dew, water, soak, irrigate, humidify
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    1. 1.1no object (of the eyes) fill with tears.
      ‘her eyes moistened’
      • ‘Nathan felt his eyes moisten and knew he was living in a dream.’
      • ‘At all the appropriate times the eyes moisten and the laughter comes but to be honest we don't really care about the characters too much.’
      • ‘Listening to her long answer in Portuguese without understanding, I see her eyes moisten.’
      • ‘‘At 30, I thought I was going to live happily ever after,’ he says, his eyes moistening for the first time.’
      • ‘Our eyes moistened as emotion for our skipper took over from the rough and tumble of rugby.’
      • ‘The comment stung Renae and she felt the danger of tears as her eyes moistened.’
      • ‘His eyes began to moisten and all he could manage was a crackly, ‘We should talk for a while?’’
      • ‘When he is done rambling, a wistful expression comes to him and his eyes moisten over.’
      • ‘My eyes began to moisten, but I blinked back the tears.’
      • ‘Once there, my eyes begin to moisten and before long I am sobbing.’
      • ‘It took his breath away and his eyes moistened every time he walked into the room.’
      • ‘When finally she announced the news to Monty, he was so pleased that his expression collapsed, his eyes moistened, and he had to turn away in embarrassment.’
      • ‘Nathan felt his eyes moisten hating seeing her like this and knowing he had played a part.’
      • ‘Her throat felt dry and her eyes moistened as a tear jerked itself out, her breath turned to gasps of disbelief.’
      • ‘She was appalled at her reflection and felt her eyes moisten.’
      • ‘The minister listened, his eyes moistening and his thin hand trembling.’
      • ‘As the print shop came into view, a lump formed in Elizabeth's throat and her eyes moistened.’
      • ‘In a way, I was glad it was over; I could already feel my eyes moistening and my voice breaking.’
      • ‘She looked at him, eyes moistened still, and her face struggled between smile and surprise.’
      • ‘‘Reckons I'm not fit to have him,’ he muttered, eyes moistening.’