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Would you help to me to make the proper choice of the word in bold in the following sentence?
Suu Kyi's freedom is seen by international observers as an effort by the regime to dampen condemnation of the elections.
dampen = smother or suppress or
dampen = make vague, obscure or make (an image) less visible or
dampen = lessen in force or effect
Thanks for your efforts.