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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 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 On that May evening in 2018, the council chamber here was awash in color. Washington Post, "A city that tried to regulate guns," 25 Mar. 2021 Designed by hospitality guru Robert McKinley, the two-story restaurant is awash in soft light, floral patterns, and a palette of salmon and sherbet hues. Anna Fixsen, ELLE Decor, "Step Inside Lower Manhattan’s Prettiest New Restaurant," 24 Mar. 2021 California was still awash in the Pepsi Generation in the 1970s and the fruits of the Napa Valley vineyards were largely unknown outside the borders of the Golden State. Steve Marble, Los Angeles Times, "Steven Spurrier, vintner who turned the world on to Napa Valley wines with a single tasting, dies," 19 Mar. 2021 Europe From Milan to London, the European bourses are awash in the red at the open with energy and financials hit particularly hard. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "After a rough week, crude and tech stocks look to mount a comeback," 19 Mar. 2021 While Azerbaijan has been awash in celebration following the deal, many Armenians have called on Mr. Pashinyan to resign for having agreed to the truce, condemning it as an act of capitulation. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, "Armenia’s Prime Minister Calls Snap Election After Nagorno-Karabakh Losses," 18 Mar. 2021 The walls and a few upper cabinets went white, the base cabinets are awash in dazzling aqua, the refrigerator blushes with rosy pink, and the tile countertops now mimic marble. Sarah Wolf Halverson, Better Homes & Gardens, "Easy DIY Projects and a Rainbow of Color Add Sunny Style to This 1905 Victorian Home," 16 Mar. 2021

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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 14 Apr. 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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