awash

adjective
\ 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

Awash

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

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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, Bloomberg.com, "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 From blinding fuchsia coats to orange knit dresses, Milan was awash in highlighter shades. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Most Popular Street Style Trends of 2018, According to You, Our Followers," 20 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of awash

Adjective

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of awash was in 1801

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awash

adjective

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

awash

adjective
\ 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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