drench

1 of 2

verb

drenched; drenching; drenches

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
4
a
: to administer a drench to (an animal)
b
archaic : to force to drink
drencher noun

drench

2 of 2

noun

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
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Example Sentences

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
Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to drench San Antonio and much of South Central Texas tonight and Friday as a front moves into the region, according to the National Weather Service. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Oct. 2022 Its outer rain bands were beginning to drench western portions of the Yucatán Peninsula and the gulf coast of adjacent southern Mexico. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2022 Westman Atelier's Squeaky Clean Liquid Lip Balm is loaded up with jojoba, almond, and argan oils to drench lips in hydration for a pillowy-soft finish. Sarah Han, Allure, 20 Oct. 2022 Attendees also will have the opportunity to drench their favorite orchestra directors and MHS principals in the dunk tank. Chicago Tribune, 16 Sep. 2022 Attendees also will have the opportunity to drench their favorite orchestra directors and MHS principals in the dunk tank. Chicago Tribune, 16 Sep. 2022 Attendees also will have the opportunity to drench their favorite orchestra directors and MHS principals in the dunk tank. Chicago Tribune, 2 Sep. 2022 Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected to drench portions of Central Indiana on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service for Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Star, 10 Aug. 2022 The Stream Machine provides the most simple-yet-effective way to drench your opponents, offering rapid reloads and an extended range of up to 70 feet. Zachary Mack, Popular Mechanics, 30 June 2022
Noun
It’s the perfect wash to pop in your gym bag for cleansing after even the most drench-inducing workouts. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Sep. 2022 It’s the perfect wash to pop in your gym bag for cleansing after even the most drench-inducing workouts. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Sep. 2022 Gone, of course, were the aerial rope tricks and getting drench while singing in a waterfall. Chris Willman, Variety, 1 May 2022 The final step is giving your repotted orchid a good drench. Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2022 It’s the perfect wash to pop in your gym bag for cleansing after even the most drench-inducing workouts. The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Mar. 2022 Use a systemic insecticide (Imidacloprid) as a soil drench around the root system in mid-May to prevent the insects ever from feeding. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Jan. 2022 Licensed applicators are treating trees where the psyllids have been observed with a combination of the foliar spray Tempo and a root drench of the systemic Merit. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Dec. 2021 Rare and intriguing, black maraschino cherry and bitter chocolate drench the palate, and a final kiss of licorice and tarte Tatin ebbs slowly in the background. Emily Price, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Drench.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drench. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

drench

verb

ˈdrench
: to wet thoroughly

Medical Definition

drench 1 of 2

noun

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

drench

2 of 2

transitive verb

: to administer a drench to (an animal)

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