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


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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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drencher noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for drench

Synonyms: Verb

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

Antonyms: Verb

dehydrate, desiccate, dry, parch, scorch, sear

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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


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

Inside the sun-drenched, multi-story lobby on State Highway 242 sits a quiet hub of medical innovation offering significant economic benefits to the south Montgomery County area. Marialuisa Rincon, Houston Chronicle, "Methodist Hospital celebrates its first year in The Woodlands," 7 July 2018 Fargeat plays out this fable upon the landscape of a Technicolor desert, sun-drenched and crystal clear. Katie Walsh, latimes.com, "Bloody, beautiful 'Revenge' continues cherchez la femme genre wave," 10 May 2018 You can be drenched in your own breastmilk and tears, or you can be gleefully coated in Tostitos dust and still need to call in for some help. Sandy Jorgenson, Glamour, "I Didn’t Know I Had Postpartum Depression Until It Was Gone," 26 Mar. 2018 After they get drenched, Mesnick’s toddler son jumps in too, equally gleeful. Kelsey Mckinney, The Cut, "I Think About This a Lot: The Pool Scene in The Bachelor Season 13 Finale," 5 Mar. 2018 Layne may be a young star, but her sound and aesthetic is drenched with nostalgia. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "Ivory Layne Shares Colorful New Music Video For 'Committed': Exclusive Premiere," 26 June 2018 Some changes are already here, and for longtime residents, drenched with meaning and symbolism. Kirk Johnson, The New York Times, idahostatesman, "As Idaho grows, its politics evolve. But don't expect a Democratic surge. | Idaho Statesman," 14 May 2018 The East Coast was unfairly drenched by rain this Memorial Day weekend, and New Yorkers looked for easy ways to pass the time. Monica Kim, Vogue, "SVNR’s Colorful Keepsake Earrings Turn Forgotten Objects Into Chic Mementos," 13 July 2018 The Lions – and Murphy, for that matter – were drenched in sweat. Jordan Culver, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Struggling Orlando City focuses on finishing in training," 28 June 2018

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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


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


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

History and Etymology for drench


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

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The first known use of drench was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of drench

: to make (someone or something) completely wet


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drenched; drenching

Kids Definition of drench

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


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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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