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drench

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noun \ˈdrench\

Definition of drench

  1. 1 :  a poisonous or medicinal drink; specifically :  a large dose of medicine mixed with liquid and put down the throat of an animal

  2. 2 a :  something that drenches b :  a quantity sufficient to drench or saturate



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of drench

before 12th century


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drench

verb

Simple Definition of drench

  • : to make (someone or something) completely wet

Full Definition of drench

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a archaic :  to force to drink b :  to administer a drench to (an animal)

  3. 2 :  to wet thoroughly (as by soaking or immersing in liquid)

  4. 3 :  to soak or cover thoroughly with liquid that falls or is precipitated

  5. 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>.


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