1. [ verb ] smother or suppress
Synonyms: stifle

"Stifle your curiosity"

Related terms: stimulate suppress suffocate smotherer
2. [ verb ] make moist
Synonyms: moisten wash

"The dew moistened the meadows"

Related terms: wet baste humidify wet dampener moistening
3. [ verb ] make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible
Synonyms: deaden damp

"muffle the message"

Related terms: damper
4. [ verb ] quieten or silence (a sound) or make (an image) less visible
Synonyms: stifle deaden smother damp tone_down mute repress strangle muffle
Related terms: suppress hush smotherer
5. [ verb ] reduce the amplitude (of oscillations or waves)
Related terms: weaken
6. [ verb ] deaden (a sound or noise), esp. by wrapping
Synonyms: mute dull damp tone_down muffle
Related terms: soften silencer damper
7. [ verb ] check; keep in check (a fire)
Related terms: check
8. [ verb ] lessen in force or effect
Synonyms: soften break weaken damp

"soften a shock" "break a fall"

Related terms: deaden damp deafen weakener
Similar spelling:   dampener