Found this word reading an article in Yahoo!. The article can be found here. It is about climate change. and the title is "APEC leaders douse hopes on climate pact".

douse (also dowse) /da{phon_capu}s/ verb [vn]
1 ~ sth (with sth) to stop a fire from burning by pouring water over it; to put out a light: He doused the flames with a fire extinguisher.
2 ~ sb/sth (in / with sth) to pour a lot of liquid over sb/sth; to soak sb/sth in liquid: The car was doused in petrol and set alight.


1. To plunge briefly in or into a liquid: dip, duck, dunk, immerge, immerse, souse, submerge, submerse. See enter/exit.
2. To make thoroughly wet: drench, saturate, soak, sodden, sop, souse, wet. See dry/wet.
3. To cause to stop burning or giving light: extinguish, put out, quench, snuff out. See continue/stop/pause.

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