- 1douse something (with something) to stop a fire from burning by pouring water over it; to put out a light He doused the flames with a fire extinguisher.
- 2douse somebody/something (in/with something) to pour a lot of liquid over somebody/something; to soak somebody/something in liquid The car was doused in petrol and set alight. The horses are doused with buckets of cold water. Word Origin early 17th cent.: perhaps imitative, influenced by souse, or perhaps from dialect douse ‘strike, beat’, from Middle Dutch and Low German dossen.
BrE BrE//daʊs//; NAmE NAmE//daʊs//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they douse
BrE BrE//daʊs//; NAmE NAmE//daʊs//he / she / it douses
BrE BrE//ˈdaʊsɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaʊsɪz//past simple doused
BrE BrE//daʊst//; NAmE NAmE//daʊst//past participle doused
BrE BrE//daʊst//; NAmE NAmE//daʊst//-ing form dousing
BrE BrE//ˈdaʊsɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaʊsɪŋ//