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1drench

noun \ˈdrench\

Definition of DRENCH

1
:  a poisonous or medicinal drink; specifically :  a large dose of medicine mixed with liquid and put down the throat of an animal
2
a :  something that drenches
b :  a quantity sufficient to drench or saturate

First Known Use of DRENCH

before 12th century

2drench

verb

: to make (someone or something) completely wet

Full Definition of DRENCH

transitive verb
1
a archaic :  to force to drink
b :  to administer a drench to (an animal)
2
:  to wet thoroughly (as by soaking or immersing in liquid)
3
:  to soak or cover thoroughly with liquid that falls or is precipitated
4
:  to fill or cover completely as if by soaking or precipitation <was drenched in furs and diamonds — Richard Brautigan>
drench·er noun

Examples of DRENCH

  1. <we were drenched by the sudden rainstorm>
  2. <when using the carpet shampooer, wet but do not drench the carpet>

Origin of DRENCH

Middle English, from Old English drencan; akin to Old English drincan to drink
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of DRENCH

soak, saturate, drench, steep, impregnate mean to permeate or be permeated with a liquid. soak implies usually prolonged immersion as for softening or cleansing <soak the garment in soapy water>. saturate implies a resulting effect of complete absorption until no more liquid can be held <a saturated sponge>. drench implies a thorough wetting by something that pours down or is poured <clothes drenched by a cloudburst>. steep suggests either the extraction of an essence (as of tea leaves) by the liquid or the imparting of a quality (as a color) to the thing immersed <steep the tea for five minutes>. impregnate implies a thorough interpenetration of one thing by another <a cake strongly impregnated with brandy>.
DRENCH Defined for Kids

drench

verb \ˈdrench\
drencheddrench·ing

Definition of DRENCH for Kids

:  to make completely wet <We had pancakes drenched in syrup.>

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