\ 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

Adjective The deck of the boat was almost awash. the streets were awash from the heavy rains
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The ski pistes are open, the restaurants are doing ample business and the malls are awash with shoppers. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Inside Sweden’s Radically Different Approach to the Coronavirus," 30 Mar. 2020 Fast-forward three years and the streaming services are now awash in European television, and the novelty factor on Deutschland has certainly ebbed, but a preview of the first four episodes of the new season hooked me. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Escapist Spy Thriller Deutschland 86 Breaks the Curse of the Second Season," 24 Oct. 2018 Social media has been awash in jokes about self-quarantining and photos of barren shelves at Whole Foods and lines snaking through Trader Joe’s. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Coronavirus Will Be the Hardest for Gig and Service Workers in the U.S.," 10 Mar. 2020 Takamatsu, the bustling port city from which ferries serve many of the islands, is awash with trendy bars and arty brunch joints. The Economist, "Modern sculpture helps revive a dying corner of Japan," 21 Nov. 2019 But in wanting to be both a serious teen drama and a black comedy simultaneously, the half-hour show instead comes off as tonally incongruous, awash in wry hipster flatness. Robyn Bahr, Billboard, "'Dickinson': Apple TV+ Series Review," 28 Oct. 2019 Until being renamed for the statue in 1956, it was usually known as Bedloe’s Island, awash in Manhattan’s property churn, sold and resold, gussied up, sold again. Rich Cohen, WSJ, "The Hidden History of Liberty Island," 11 July 2019 Save for splashes of red on a few doors and a pillar, the interior is awash in white and gray. Jack Flemming, The Seattle Times, "Flashy Miami penthouse from ‘War Dogs’ aims for $4.5 million," 22 Oct. 2018 Amazon has been awash with sanitizer arbitrage, as third-party sellers hawk their remaining supply at premium prices. Jay Greene, Washington Post, "Purell prices are spiking on Amazon, as sanitizer speculation becomes a cottage industry," 4 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of awash


1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Awash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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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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