\ 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 Health officials said the country of around 30 million is awash in variants, including P.1, which medical authorities said caused 40% of infections in Lima. Luciana Magalhaes, WSJ, "Brazil Covid-19 Variant Tears Through South America in Warning to World," 28 Apr. 2021 European soccer is awash in money, an obscene amount of it, and these quaint neighborhood clubs are now multinational corporations. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: US owners find American-style greed doesn't play well in European soccer," 20 Apr. 2021 What was expected to be a relatively tight budget is now awash in extra cash that lawmakers had one week to figure out how to spend before the end of the legislative session. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana budget: State invests nearly $2 billion in K-12 schools over the next two years," 20 Apr. 2021 The entry vestibule ceiling is awash in warm tones of orange, yellow and peach, but cleaning the ticket concourse ceiling revealed more green, and restoring the waiting room ceiling uncovered purple and lavender. Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times, "Art in L.A.’s Union Station has been hidden for decades. Now it prepares for an Oscar debut," 19 Apr. 2021 Like a virtual trip to Soho Farmhouse, Middleton’s page is awash in golden light, golden retrievers, and wide-wale corduroy. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "James Middleton’s Instagram Is My Happy Place," 16 Apr. 2021 The American economy is awash in capital at every level. Steve Vassallo, Forbes, "Party Of Startups," 8 Apr. 2021 After an unparalleled year, Forbes’ 35th annual World’s Billionaires is awash in new billionaires—and China is heading the charge. Jennifer Wang, Forbes, "Asia Ascendant: The Richest New Chinese Billionaires In 2021," 6 Apr. 2021 From soaring condos in affluent enclaves like TriBeCa to boutique buildings on gentrifying blocks in the East Village, Manhattan is awash in price cuts. New York Times, "A Home Buyers’ Bonanza in Manhattan," 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of awash


1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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5 May 2021

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“Awash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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