\ ə-ˈwȯsh How to pronounce awash (audio) , -ˈwäsh\

Definition of awash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : alternately covered and exposed by waves or tide
b : washing about : afloat
c : covered with water : flooded
2 : filled, covered, or completely overrun as if by a flood a movie awash in sentimentality


geographical name
\ ˈä-ˌwäsh How to pronounce Awash (audio) \

Definition of Awash (Entry 2 of 2)

river 500 miles (805 kilometers) long in eastern Ethiopia flowing northeast

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Examples of awash in a Sentence


The deck of the boat was almost awash. the streets were awash from the heavy rains

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In France, Normandy was awash with ceremonies and reenactments of key moments in the campaign ahead of Thursday’s observances. Washington Post, "French beaches at dawn set scene for solemn D-Day observance," 6 June 2019 Only when the square is awash with blood will the people of China open their eyes. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Watch: “The Gate of Heavenly Peace,” the groundbreaking—and controversial—documentary on Tiananmen," 3 June 2019 In a world awash with fake news and online rumors, more than half a dozen neighborhoods in Binalonan have introduced an anti-gossip ordinance... James Hookway, WSJ, "A Small Town Takes a Stand: It Banned Gossip," 25 Apr. 2019 Seeing our city streets become awash with these scooters almost overnight is something that local officials are trying to figure out how to deal with. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Bay Area: How can we integrate e-scooters into our cities?," 7 Nov. 2018 The ocean is awash in tiny plastic particles shed by fleece jackets and other garments, the WSJ’s Saabira Chaudhuri reports, highlighting how new concerns over pollutants are growing as production of polyester and other synthetics expands. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Shrinking Japan’s Fleet; Squeezing the Grocers; Highway Dividing Lines," 8 Mar. 2019 Nothing stokes wanderlust quite like a colorful photo, and some of the world’s most beautiful cities are awash in turquoise, lavender, golden yellows, and more. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 And the area remains awash with bodies and booby traps. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Under threat and homeless, displaced Iraqis return to the camps," 16 May 2018 Graphic Eyes Go Rogue Coloring outside the lines—make that eyes—has never been more enticing. Upping the ante on glitter eyes at Givenchy, model Cara Taylor’s entire upper face—brows, forehead, et cetera—was awash in whimsical holographic pigment. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "7 Couture Beauty Looks That Defined the Paris Runways," 24 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of awash


1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of awash

: flooded with or covered by water or another liquid
US : floating in a large amount of water or another liquid


\ ə-ˈwȯsh How to pronounce awash (audio) , -ˈwäsh\

Kids Definition of awash

: flooded or covered with water or other liquid The ship began to sink, her decks already awash.

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