\ 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 By Wednesday afternoon, widespread downpours and storms will drench metro Atlanta, with a 70% chance of rain predicted. John Spink, ajc, 8 Sep. 2021 Right now, fortunately, there are no storms threatening the U.S. or any land areas, other than the remnants of Ida, which are forecast to drench and potentially flood portions of the eastern U.S. over the next couple of days. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2021 Also drench the soil around new and problematic plants. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 23 Aug. 2021 To soak-water, drench your fig until the water drains out. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Aug. 2021 Also drench the soil of any new or struggling plants. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 26 July 2021 Many of the companies that drench themselves in rainbow branding for Pride—UPS, AT&T, and Comcast, for example—also donate to Republicans who are redoubling efforts to demonize the LGBTQ community, especially its trans members. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 16 June 2021 Unless a sudden burst of monsoon storms drench the area, Flagstaff may not be shooting off fireworks this year. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 24 June 2021 Severe thunderstorms and flooding will drench the central United States through next week as windy, warm weather escalates fire danger in the West. Julia Musto, Fox News, 15 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Certain animal formulations of ivermectin such as pour-on, injectable, paste, and ‘drench,’ are approved in the U.S. to treat or prevent parasites in animals. William Earl, Variety, 8 Sep. 2021 Nothing dampens a spirit quite like an unforeseen drench. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, 29 May 2021 Using Bti, Bacillus thurengiensis israeli, as a drench will kill the larvae. oregonlive, 23 Jan. 2021 In order to get the most out of your wash, first drench your hair with water. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, 25 Nov. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 5 July 2019

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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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“Drench.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drench. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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


transitive verb

Medical Definition of drench (Entry 2 of 2)

: to administer a drench to (an animal)

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