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Definition of douse verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (also dowse) verb
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they douse
    he / she / it douses
    past simple doused
    -ing form dousing
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  1. 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.
  2. 2douse somebody/something (in/with something) to pour a lot of liquid over someone or something; to soak someone or something in liquid The car was doused in gasoline and set alight.
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