\ 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



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

Antonyms: Verb

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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

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 Dozens of men gathered around as a community elder emerged from a hospital that was still drenched in blood with a list of mothers’ names. Mujib Mashal, New York Times, "Born Into Carnage, 18 Afghan Babies Face an Uncertain Fate," 13 May 2020 The title of most poisonous animal on Earth is typically given to the beautiful and deadly golden poison dart frog of Columbia—the one-inch-long frog is sometimes drenched in enough poison to kill ten grown men. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Toxic Newts Use Bacteria to Become Deadly Prey," 23 Apr. 2020 The Grammy award-winning couple is concentrating rather intensely on Keys's fingernails, most of which are covered in foil (presumably over cotton that has been drenched in nail-polish remover). Marci Robin, Allure, "Alicia Keys Got Husband Swizz Beatz to Help Her Remove Her Grown-Out Manicure," 16 Apr. 2020 Thousands of street hawkers sell biryani, kebabs and jilapis—sticky spirals of deep-fried batter, drenched in syrup, that most Bangladeshis consider essential for iftar, the evening meal breaking the day’s fast. The Economist, "Banyan Many of Asia’s Muslims are celebrating Ramadan in the normal way," 30 Apr. 2020 Imagine a pizza, specifically a pillowy Sicilian square drenched in a fragrant tomato sauce, flecked with granules of salty Pecorino Romano, and baptized in grassy olive oil. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appétit, "My Favorite Pizza Topping Is Just More Carbs," 17 Oct. 2019 Emergency room doctors drenched in sweat and critical care nurses scrambling for protective equipment have quickly come to personify the heroism and tragedy of the coronavirus pandemic. New York Times, "Share Your Story and Photos From the Coronavirus Front Lines Around the World," 15 Apr. 2020 Bringing together musical numbers, bouts of amnesia, and shirtless hunks drenched in milk, the March 11 Korean drama episode of Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens did not disappoint. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens Puts an Entertaining Korean Drama Spin on History," 12 Mar. 2020 Down a hallway drenched in surrealist clouds is the dining room; Biaggi had the narrow space painted with a trellis motif in a nod to the winter-garden salons popularized in the 1950s by Madeleine Castaing, the decorating siren of the Left Bank. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "A Perfectly Layered Apartment on Paris’s Right Bank," 4 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Better yet, apply Imidacloprid systemic insecticide in mid-May as a soil drench to prevent the insects ever from getting a start. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Down to Earth: Bagging bagworms worth the unpleasant effort," 16 Jan. 2020 The weather system from the Northwest and coast is expected to drench areas that have not been affected as much by the recent storm, including San Jose and Redwood City, according to the National Weather Service. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: What’s tie-dyed, moves around and provides medical care?," 3 Dec. 2019 Police responded by shooting tear gas at protesters and deploying water cannons that stream blue-dyed water to drench protesters. Fox News, "Hong Kong police officer shot with arrow, protesters set fires as Chinese troops appear to clean streets," 18 Nov. 2019 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

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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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29 May 2020

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“Drench.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drench. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce drench (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of drench

: to make (someone or something) completely wet


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

Kids Definition of drench

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


\ 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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