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.
- Pronunciation: /daʊs/
- English description: wet thoroughly
- Synonyms: dowse
- Chinese Translation: 浇(jiao1)
- Spanish Translation: empapar
- ORIGIN: 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. To pronounce douse correctly, remember that it rhymes with mouse.
- It took about 10 minutes to douse the flames, which sent a huge plume of black smoke drifting over the beach.
- Smelling like a cesspool, I staggered into the house and took pieces of rags, doused them in water and wiped myself, but the stench remained.
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