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douse

verb \ˈdau̇s also ˈdau̇z\

Definition of douse

doused also dowseddousing also dowsing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to plunge into water

  3. 2 a :  to throw a liquid on :  drench b :  slosh

  4. 3 :  extinguish <douse the lights>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to fall or become plunged into water

douser also dowser noun


Variants of douse

also dowse \ˈdau̇s also ˈdau̇z\

Origin of douse

perhaps from obsolete English douse to smite


First Known Use: 1600

Rhymes with douse


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douse

play
noun \ˈdau̇s also ˈdau̇z\

Definition of douse

  1. :  a heavy drenching



1881

First Known Use of douse

1881


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douse

play
noun \ˈdüs, ˈdau̇s\

Definition of douse

British

  1. :  blow, stroke



Origin of douse

origin unknown


First Known Use: circa 1625


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douse

play
verb \ˈdau̇s\

Definition of douse

douseddousing

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

  3. 2 :  take off, doff



1627

First Known Use of douse

1627


DOUSE Defined for Kids

douse

play
verb \ˈdau̇s\

Definition of douse for Students

douseddousing

  1. 1 :  to stick into water <He doused his head in the stream.>

  2. 2 :  to throw a liquid on <The chef doused the shrimp in sauce.>

  3. 3 :  to put out :  extinguish <douse a light>





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