drench

verb
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
\ ˈdrench \

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

When the airplane doors closed, I was suddenly drenched in sweat. Sophie Gray, SELF, "My Need for Acceptance Made Me Instagram Famous—Then Sent Me Into a Panic Spiral," 16 July 2018 Parts to the north of the Bay Area got drenched by more than 6 inches of rain during the storm, according to the weather service. Ben Poston, latimes.com, "Atmospheric river dumps rain across Northern California, flooding the Merced and Truckee rivers," 7 Apr. 2018 Carson, along with co-host Chrissy Teigen and Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones, was drenched during the program, which included performances by The Voice coaches John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, and many more. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Why Everyone Thinks Carson Daly's New Year's Eve Special Was a 'Complete Disaster'," 2 Jan. 2019 In May, Maryland was drenched in more than 8 inches of rain in just two hours, turning streets into rivers. Umair Irfan, Vox, "What we learned from the disasters that hammered the US in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Sarah Lawrence for Vox Betsy is absolutely drenched with pink slime in her ad on the online freelance services market Fiverr. Luke.winkie, Vox, "Inside Venezuela’s YouTube prank economy," 12 Dec. 2018 Officially classified as Post-Tropical Cyclone Michael, the storm has moved to northeast, now drenching parts of South Carolina and Virginia with rain and winds reaching up to 60 MPH. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Hurricane Michael Death Toll Rises to 11, Infrastructure in Crisis Throughout Southeast," 11 Oct. 2018 The storm was forecast to push up to 14 feet of ocean water onto the coast while drenching parts of three states with as much as a foot of rain, according to the National Hurricane Center. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Hurricane Michael Pummels the Florida Panhandle," 10 Oct. 2018 Some towns have received more than 2 feet (60 meters) of rain from Florence, and forecasters warned that drenching rains with as much as 3½ feet (1 meter) of water could trigger epic flooding well inland through early next week. Fox News, "Nearly stalled, Florence besieges Carolinas with floodwaters," 15 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 By Monday, though, the fire hose could swing south and drench communities north of Seattle, according to the National Weather Service. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "Sick of rain? Sorry, there’s more in the pipeline," 27 Jan. 2018 Use a drench of Banrot, Aliette or Subdue fungicides to ward off root rot; drench valuable palms. miamiherald, "Trees downed? Shrubs scattered? How to make your garden bloom after the storm," 12 Sep. 2017

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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 \
drenched; drenching

Kids Definition of drench

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

drench

noun
\ ˈdrench \

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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