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douse (verb) drench; soak.

When you pour a large quantity of water on something either to drench it, or to put out the fire that is burning it, you douse it. If you pour large quantities of water or a liquid on a thing, or a person you douse it or them.

  • The gangsters doused the building with petrol and set it alight. In no time huge tongues of flame were rising into the skies.
  • Though they doused the large hayrick with plenty of water, it continued to burn in the hot sun, and only a small part of it could be saved.
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