\ 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

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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 Thanks to big names like Saoirse Ronan, Halle Berry, and Constance Wu, the red carpet of the Golden Globes 2019 was awash with a selection of eye-popping, show-stopping naked dresses. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Jenna Dewan's Golden Globes After Party Dress Featured Some Daring Cut-Outs," 7 Jan. 2019 Lenin defined imperialism as a capitalist country’s attempt to find markets and investment opportunities abroad when its domestic economy is awash with excess capital and production capacity. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Imperialism Will Be Dangerous for China," 17 Sep. 2018 While the global market turmoil last week also hit the assets of developing nations, investors are still tempted by higher-yielding emerging debt in a world that remains awash with central bank stimulus. Ahmed Feteha,, "With $4 Billion Bond Sale Done, Egypt Readies Euro Offer," 14 Feb. 2018 As soon as the internet took a look at the delight in this woman’s eyes, Twitter was instantly awash with commentary launching the moment to meme status. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "This Woman's Reaction to Seeing Beyoncé Is the Most Relatable Meme of Awards Season," 29 Jan. 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
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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