\ 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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Other Words from drench


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 Then drench the soil with fish or seaweed (kelp) emulsion, following the directions. oregonlive, "Tips and tricks for growing healthy garlic plants: Ask an expert," 1 May 2021 Before humans arrived in California, the chaparral only burned periodically, for instance when a thunderstorm rolled through, creating lightning but no rain to drench any ignitions. Matt Simon, Wired, "The Humble Shrub That’s Predicting a Terrible Fire Season," 15 Apr. 2021 Strong to severe thunderstorms will drench parts of the Southeast up into the mid-Atlantic. Janice Dean, Fox News, "National weather forecast: Strong cold front to bring severe weather across eastern US," 31 Mar. 2021 Water your lawn frequently after aeration, but don't drench it. Melissa Nott, chicagotribune.com, "How to aerate your lawn," 28 Mar. 2021 When your plant needs more hydration, drench its soil until water runs from the pot's drainage hole. Marie Viljoen, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Grow Citrus Trees Indoors," 19 Mar. 2021 Showers are expected to drench the region late Wednesday night and throughout all of Thursday, bringing up to 2 inches of rain across the Santa Cruz Mountains and an average of half an inch of rain inland. Vanessa Arredondo, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area to see widespread rain to end the week. Here's what to expect," 17 Mar. 2021 The seamless concrete walls offer a modern yet seemingly industrial look to the home, while custom floor-to-ceiling windows drench it in natural light. Jakob Menendez, BostonGlobe.com, "This Brutalist Rhode Island mansion is headed to auction," 9 Feb. 2021 Tropical Storm Eta drench the region, leading to rescues and some evacuations. Janice Dean, Fox News, "Tropical Storm Eta floods South Florida, man in critical condition after driving into canal," 9 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Using Bti, Bacillus thurengiensis israeli, as a drench will kill the larvae. oregonlive, "Will dormant oil harm flocking birds? Ask an expert," 23 Jan. 2021 In order to get the most out of your wash, first drench your hair with water. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: How to Use the 7 Types of Shampoo," 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, "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

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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 12 May. 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

Medical Definition of drench (Entry 2 of 2)

: to administer a drench to (an animal)

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