Definition of douse verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (also dowse) verb
    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//
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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 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.
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: perhaps imitative, influenced by souse, or perhaps from dialect douse ‘strike, beat’, from Middle Dutch and Low German dossen.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: douse