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drench

noun \ ˈdrench \

Definition of drench

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

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First Known Use of drench

before 12th century


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drench

verb

Definition of drench

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

drencher

noun

Examples of drench in a Sentence

  1. we were drenched by the sudden rainstorm

  2. when using the carpet shampooer, wet but do not drench the carpet

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Origin and Etymology of drench

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

Synonym Discussion of drench

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

DRENCH Defined for English Language Learners

drench

verb

Definition of drench for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone or something) completely wet


DRENCH Defined for Kids

drench

verb \ ˈdrench \

Definition of drench for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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drench

noun \ ˈdrench \

medical Definition of drench

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

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drench

transitive verb

medical Definition of drench

:to administer a drench to (an animal)


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