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

Definition of awash

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

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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First Known Use of awash

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Awash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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\ 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.

Awash geographical name

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Definition of Awash

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

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