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1douse

verb \ˈdas also ˈdaz\
doused also dowseddous·ing also dows·ing

Definition of DOUSE

transitive verb
1
:  to plunge into water
2
a :  to throw a liquid on :  drench
b :  slosh
3
:  extinguish <douse the lights>
intransitive verb
:  to fall or become plunged into water
dous·er also dows·er noun

Variants of DOUSE

douse also dowse \ˈdas also ˈdaz\

Origin of DOUSE

perhaps from obsolete English douse to smite
First Known Use: 1600

2douse

noun \ˈdas also ˈdaz\

Definition of DOUSE

:  a heavy drenching

First Known Use of DOUSE

1881

3douse

noun \ˈdüs, ˈdas\

Definition of DOUSE

British
:  blow, stroke

Origin of DOUSE

origin unknown
First Known Use: circa 1625

4douse

verb \ˈdas\
douseddous·ing

Definition of DOUSE

transitive verb
1
a :  to take in :  lower, strike <douse a sail>
b :  slacken <douse a rope>
2
:  take off, doff

First Known Use of DOUSE

1627
DOUSE Defined for Kids

douse

verb \ˈdas\
douseddous·ing

Definition of DOUSE for Kids

1
:  to stick into water <He doused his head in the stream.>
2
:  to throw a liquid on <The chef doused the shrimp in sauce.>
3
:  to put out :  extinguish <douse a light>

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