wet


wet
[[t]we̱t[/t]]
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wetter, wettest, wets, wetting, wetted
(The forms wet and wetted are both used as the past tense and past participle of the verb.)
1) ADJ-GRADED If something is wet, it is covered in water, rain, sweat, tears, or another liquid.

He towelled his wet hair...

I lowered myself to the water's edge, getting my feet wet...

My gloves were soaking wet...

I saw his face was wet with tears.

Ant:
Derived words:
wetly ADV-GRADED usu ADV after v

Her hair clung wetly to her head.

wetness N-UNCOUNT

Anti-perspirants stop wetness, deodorants stop odour.

2) VERB To wet something means to get water or some other liquid over it.

[V n] When assembling the pie, wet the edges where the two crusts join...

[V n] Fielding nervously wet his lips and tried to smile.

3) ADJ-GRADED If the weather is wet, it is raining.

If the weather is wet or cold choose an indoor activity...

It was a miserable wet day.

Syn:
the rain
Ant:
N-SING: the N
The wet is used to mean wet weather.

They had come in from the cold and the wet... Braking in the wet in heavy traffic is never fun.

4) ADJ If something such as paint, ink, or cement is wet, it is not yet dry or solid.

I lay the painting flat to stop the wet paint running...

She rendered the walls in cement and, while it was still wet, applied the shells.

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5) ADJ-GRADED If a child or its nappy or clothing is wet, its nappy or clothing is soaked in urine.

Change him when he's wet...

Avoid changing a nappy unless it's dirty or very wet.

6) VERB If people, especially children, wet their beds or clothes or wet themselves, they urinate in their beds or in their clothes because they cannot stop themselves.

[V n] A quarter of 4-year-olds frequently wet the bed...

[V pron-refl] To put it plainly, they wet themselves.

7) ADJ: ADJ n Wet fish is fish that is sold fresh and uncooked, and not frozen or dried. [BRIT]
8) ADJ-GRADED (disapproval) If you say that someone is wet, you mean that they are weak and lacking in enthusiasm, energy, or confidence. [BRIT, INFORMAL]

Don't be so wet, Charles.

Syn:
9) N-COUNT A wet is a Conservative politician who supports moderate political policies and opposes extreme ones. [BRIT]

The left, the so-called `wets', thought more state spending would mean more jobs.

10) PHRASE: v-link PHR If you say that someone is still wet behind the ears, you mean that they have only recently arrived in a new place or job, and are therefore still not experienced.
11) to wet your whistlesee whistle

English dictionary. 2008.

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