(also dowse)[with object]
1Pour a liquid over; drench.
drench, soak, souse, saturate, drown, flood, inundate, deluge, wet, splash, slosh, hose downView synonyms
- ‘he doused the car with gasoline and set it on fire’
2Extinguish (a fire or light)‘stewards appeared and the fire was doused’
extinguish, put out, quench, stamp out, smother, beat out, dampen downView synonyms
- ‘nothing could douse her sudden euphoria’
Lower (a sail) quickly.
Mid 16th century perhaps imitative; compare souse.
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