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douseverb [T]

(also dowse) uk   us   /daʊs/
to make something or someone ​wet by ​throwing a lot of ​liquid over it, him, or her: We ​watched as ​demonstrators doused a ​car in/withpetrol and set it ​alight. to ​stop a ​fire or ​light from ​burning or ​shining, ​especially by putting ​water on it or by ​covering it with something
(Definition of douse from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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douseverb [T]

 us   /dɑʊs, dɑʊz/
to ​throwwater or another ​liquid on someone or something: To get ​rid of ​weeds, I douse them with ​plainwhitevinegar.fig. The ​room was doused in ​light. To douse something is also to end it, esp. to ​extinguish (= ​stop) a ​fire by putting ​water on it: Efforts to douse the ​flames were ​hampered by high ​winds. Douse the ​lights (= ​turn off the ​lights).
(Definition of douse from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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