\ə-ˈwȯsh, -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 \

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

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The indictment depicts a couple freely dipping into campaign cash for years to bankroll their personal lifestyle, while their household budget was awash in red ink. Michael R. Blood And Julie Watson, The Seattle Times, "Uncertainty looms over House race after Hunter indictment," 21 Aug. 2018 Facebook is always awash in sharable quizzes and prompts (remember 'Tell us your first 10 rock concerts' last year?) and this week's suggestion inspired by the pending wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry is no different. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "That royal wedding quiz filling your Facebook could put you at risk for identity theft," 17 May 2018 This spacious cafe is awash in natural light from factory-style windows. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "More Milwaukee-area neighborhood cafes to know," 10 Apr. 2018 World Cup Twitter is awash with GIFs and tons of photos of Russell Crowe thanks to a single hashtag and a close quarter-final match between Russia and Croatia. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Russell Crowe's Face is All Over the Internet Thanks to Russia & Croatia's World Cup Match," 7 July 2018 But they were excited to learn about Mansa Musa, who ruled the Mali Empire starting in 1312 and was awash in wealth while his empire was expanding across West Africa. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "A.P. World History Tries to Trim Thousands of Years, and Educators Revolt," 21 June 2018 Things rolled along steadily for decades, with drivers, teams, tracks and NASCAR awash in dollars. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Hembree: Unexpected crossroads: NASCAR without the France family?," 8 May 2018 That year, awash in concerns over the prevalence of Chinese workers, especially in California, Congress passed the Page Act, which banned virtually all Asian women from entering America. The Economist, "America’s immigration system is broken," 28 June 2018 With television and social media awash with images and wails of young children torn from migrant families, Republicans want to pass a narrower measure addressing those separations should the broader bill fail. Alan Fram And Lisa Mascaro,, "Far-reaching Republican immigration bill careening toward likely House rejection," 27 June 2018

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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

: floating in a large amount of water or another liquid


\ə-ˈwȯsh, -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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