\ 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

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
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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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More Definitions for drench


\ 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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