drench

verb
\ ˈdrench How to pronounce drench (audio) \
drenched; drenching; drenches

Definition of drench

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to wet thoroughly (as by soaking or immersing in liquid)
2 : to soak or cover thoroughly with liquid that falls or is precipitated
3 : to fill or cover completely as if by soaking or precipitation was drenched in furs and diamonds— Richard Brautigan
4a : to administer a drench to (an animal)
b archaic : to force to drink

drench

noun

Definition of drench (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a poisonous or medicinal drink specifically : a large dose of medicine mixed with liquid and put down the throat of an animal
2a : something that drenches
b : a quantity sufficient to drench or saturate

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Other Words from drench

Verb

drencher noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for drench

Synonyms: Verb

bathe, bedraggle, douse (also dowse), drown, soak, sodden, sop, souse, wash, water, water-soak, waterlog, wet, wet down

Antonyms: Verb

dehydrate, desiccate, dry, parch, scorch, sear

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Verb

soak, saturate, drench, steep, impregnate mean to permeate or be permeated with a liquid. soak implies usually prolonged immersion as for softening or cleansing. soak the garment in soapy water saturate implies a resulting effect of complete absorption until no more liquid can be held. a saturated sponge drench implies a thorough wetting by something that pours down or is poured. clothes drenched by a cloudburst steep suggests either the extraction of an essence (as of tea leaves) by the liquid or the imparting of a quality (such as a color) to the thing immersed. steep the tea for five minutes impregnate implies a thorough interpenetration of one thing by another. a cake strongly impregnated with brandy

Examples of drench in a Sentence

Verb

we were drenched by the sudden rainstorm when using the carpet shampooer, wet but do not drench the carpet

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Blood was splattered over the wall and ceiling; there was so much of it, the victim’s pillow was drenched crimson. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "The tragic, unsolved murder of Hogan's Heroes star Bob Crane," 26 Aug. 2019 EDT July 11 Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration The storm’s slow movement is threatening to further drench New Orleans, a vulnerable, low-lying city that flooded Wednesday. Jennifer Calfas, WSJ, "Tropical Storm Barry Brews, Forcing Evacuations," 11 July 2019 Another engineer, drenched in oil, was repairing the robotic arm. The Economist, "The last of the great explorers," 6 Sep. 2019 Both were spotted drenched in sweat heading to the locker room after a workout on the back field . . . Jim Mcbride, BostonGlobe.com, "Patriots’ Danny Shelton believes last season’s benching may have been a blessing," 22 Aug. 2019 In April 2016, Hernández was found on the floor of her bathroom drenched in blood. Flora Charner And Kara Fox, CNN, "Salvadoran woman at center of controversial abortion trial acquitted of all charges," 19 Aug. 2019 Inside, a narrow tunnel leads to an intricate cave system drenched in history. CBS News, "Exploring the "rich history" of America's largest underground lake," 14 Aug. 2019 Harrison’s wife, Dawn McCoy, told WTOP that her husband started to feel sick, went to bed and later woke up drenched in sweat. Laura Barcella, PEOPLE.com, "Mysterious Dominican Republic Tourist Deaths: The Victims So Far," 12 June 2019 No matter what happens, Dorian is expected to drench the Florida peninsula with 4 to 8 inches of rain and, in isolated areas, up to 10 inches, according to the hurricane center. David Schutz, sun-sentinel.com, "Will Hurricane Dorian hit Miami? Here’s what to expect and when," 28 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That’s why the BBQ Burger ($14 with a side) worked best, because the load of chopped brisket on top of that desert island beef brought some fat to the party, and a good drench of barbecue sauce covered up the sins even more. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Blue Star Brewing Co.," 5 July 2019 Some can be applied as a spray and others a drench on the soil. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Divide amaryllis bulbs at any time — but fall might be best," 15 June 2019 The third choice is to use a liquid spray or drench to kill the plant. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what’s eating your currant bushes and ‘spitting’ on your wild roses," 13 July 2018 That’s the point of this ancient and joyous Armenian custom: to get drenched and, in turn, drench as many people as possible. Cristela Guerra, BostonGlobe.com, "Ancient Armenian water celebration comes to Watertown," 9 July 2018 To keep crape myrtle scale under control apply Imidacloprid systemic insecticide as a soil drench in mid-to-late May (or now). Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "The crape myrtle: Facts on the finest flowering shrub in the south," 21 June 2018 Rain is forecast from dawn until dusk in London on the biggest street party day, Sunday, almost certainly resulting in a quintessentially British drench-fest. Graham Smith, Time, "Harry and Meghan's Wedding Is a Reminder That Britain Doesn't Need the Royals," 18 May 2018 More watery fun can be found just steps away at Splashaway Bay, a kiddie aqua park with smaller slides, water cannons, a multi-platform jungle gym and a gigantic drench bucket. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Five things to love about Royal Caribbean's new Symphony of the Seas," 4 Apr. 2018 More than 212,000 people have fled fighting around Idlib in the past month, many of them sleeping in the open as temperatures plunge and rain drenches makeshift campsites, according to the United Nations. Washington Post, "Turkey launches airstrikes in Syria against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters," 21 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of drench

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4b

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for drench

Verb

Middle English, from Old English drencan; akin to Old English drincan to drink

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drench

verb

English Language Learners Definition of drench

: to make (someone or something) completely wet

drench

verb
\ ˈdrench How to pronounce drench (audio) \
drenched; drenching

Kids Definition of drench

: to make completely wet We had pancakes drenched in syrup.

drench

noun
\ ˈdrench How to pronounce drench (audio) \

Medical Definition of drench

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a poisonous or medicinal drink specifically : a large dose of medicine mixed with liquid and put down the throat of an animal

Medical Definition of drench (Entry 2 of 2)

: to administer a drench to (an animal)

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