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“douse” in English

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douseverb [ T ]

also dowse uk /daʊs/ 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/with petrol 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)

“douse” in American English

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douseverb [ T ]

us /dɑʊs, dɑʊz/

to throw water or another liquid on someone or something:

To get rid of weeds, I douse them with plain white vinegar.
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)