douse

Use the verb douse to describe covering something with water or other liquid. When you're camping, you douse the campfire with water when you're done with it.

Douse often involves water, but you could also douse your French fries in ketchup. Douse can describe the act of extinguishing a candle, or even turning off a light. You might douse your bedroom light when it's time to sleep or simply douse a candle by blowing it out. Douse is most commonly pronounced to rhyme with mouse.

Definitions of douse
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v wet thoroughly

Synonyms:
dowse
Type of:
wet
cause to become wet

v cover with liquid; pour liquid onto

Synonyms:
dowse, drench, soak, sop, souse
Types:
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brine
soak in brine
bedraggle, draggle
make wet and dirty, as from rain
bate
soak in a special solution to soften and remove chemicals used in previous treatments
ret
place (flax, hemp, or jute) in liquid so as to promote loosening of the fibers from the woody tissue
flush, sluice
irrigate with water from a sluice
Type of:
wet
cause to become wet

v dip into a liquid

Synonyms:
dip, duck
Type of:
dip, dunk, plunge, souse
immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate

v immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate

Synonyms:
dip, dunk, plunge, souse
Types:
sop
dip into liquid
dip, duck
dip into a liquid
dabble
dip a foot or hand briefly into a liquid
Type of:
immerse, plunge
thrust or throw into

v lower quickly

douse a sail”
Type of:
furl, roll up
form into a cylinder by rolling

v put out, as of a candle or a light

Douse the lights”
Synonyms:
put out
Type of:
blow out, extinguish, quench, snuff out
put out, as of fires, flames, or lights

v slacken

douse a rope”
Synonyms:
dowse
Type of:
remit, slacken
make slack as by lessening tension or firmness

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