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verb [transitive]     wet pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlewetting
past tensewet or wetted
past participlewet or wetted
  1. 1
    to make something wet with water or another liquid

    She wet a sponge and wiped the table.

    He wet his lips and then spoke again.

  2. 2
    to make something such as a bed or clothes wet with urine (=liquid waste from your body)

    I was so scared I almost wet my pants!

    wet the bed:

    Our youngest child still sometimes wets the bed at night.



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