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DOUSE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does douse mean? 

DOUSE (verb)
  The verb DOUSE has 7 senses:

1. put out, as of a candle or a light
2. wet thoroughly
3. dip into a liquid
4. immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate
5. lower quickly
6. slacken
7. cover with liquid; pour liquid onto

  Familiarity information: DOUSE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DOUSE (verb)


Sense 1douse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put out, as of a candle or a light

Classified under:

Verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering

Synonyms:

douse; put out

Context example:

Douse the lights

Hypernyms (to "douse" is one way to...):

blow out; extinguish; quench; snuff out (put out, as of fires, flames, or lights)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2douse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Wet thoroughly

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

dowse; douse

Hypernyms (to "douse" is one way to...):

wet (cause to become wet)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something

Sentence example:

Water and alcohol douse the cloth


Sense 3douse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dip into a liquid

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

douse; duck; dip

Context example:

He dipped into the pool

Hypernyms (to "douse" is one way to...):

dip; douse; dunk; plunge; souse (immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 4douse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

dip; dunk; souse; douse; plunge

Context examples:

dip the garment into the cleaning solution / dip the brush into the paint

Hypernyms (to "douse" is one way to...):

immerse; plunge (thrust or throw into)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "douse"):

sop (dip into liquid)

dip; douse; duck (dip into a liquid)

dabble (dip a foot or hand briefly into a liquid)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 5douse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lower quickly

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

douse a sail

Hypernyms (to "douse" is one way to...):

furl; roll up (form into a cylinder by rolling)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6douse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Slacken

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

dowse; douse

Context example:

douse a rope

Hypernyms (to "douse" is one way to...):

remit; slacken (make slack as by lessening tension or firmness)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 7douse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cover with liquid; pour liquid onto

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

souse; soak; dowse; drench; sop; douse

Context example:

souse water on his hot face

Hypernyms (to "douse" is one way to...):

wet (cause to become wet)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "douse"):

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 form the woody tissue)

flush; sluice (irrigate with water from a sluice)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

They douse the cloth with water and alcohol


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