drench

verb
\ 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

drench

noun

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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Verb

drencher noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for drench

Synonyms: Verb

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Verb

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 Near the game’s conclusion, Palisades players drenched Hyde with Gatorade. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, "Linebacker Syaire Riley is turned loose in Palisades’ 38-14 win over Venice," 14 Oct. 2019 But overnight rain drenched the city, unofficially adding .29 inches to the total as of 7 a.m. That’s already enough rain for the sixth-highest September since record-keeping began at the airport in 1940. oregonlive, "Yes, this was one of the wettest Septembers ever," 29 Sep. 2019 Midsummer monsoons drench the region, a no-no for sophisticated growers. The Economist, "Château Lafite cracks open its first Chinese vintage," 26 Sep. 2019 Mark Mulligan—Houston Chronicle/AP While Harvey focused much of its rain on Houston and the surrounding area, Imelda drenched areas farther east into Beaumont, Texas and southwestern Louisiana, by Wednesday evening. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "2 Killed, Hundreds Rescued in Southeastern Texas After Imelda Dumps 40 Inches of Rain," 20 Sep. 2019 Meantime, Tropical Depression Imelda has drenched parts of Southeast Texas. Fox News, "Hurricane Humberto edges closer to Bermuda as Tropical Depression Imelda drenches Texas," 19 Sep. 2019 Officials in Wilmington, North Carolina, urged residents to be off the streets by 8 p.m. The city is no stranger to hurricanes: Last September, slow-moving Florence drenched the Wilmington area, causing major flooding on the Cape Fear River. cleveland, "Hurricane Dorian takes aim at Carolinas; relief effort underway in Bahamas," 5 Sep. 2019 That drenched millions of acres, reducing fire risk. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, "Why California is having its mildest fire season in 20 years," 23 Aug. 2019 The power failure came as heavy rainstorms drenched the London area, causing flooding at Luton Airport, around 30 miles north of the capital. NBC News, "Huge U.K. power outage disrupts rail, road traffic in rush hour," 9 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Rain is forecast from dawn until dusk in London on the biggest street party day, Sunday, almost certainly resulting in a quintessentially British drench-fest. Graham Smith, Time, "Harry and Meghan's Wedding Is a Reminder That Britain Doesn't Need the Royals," 18 May 2018 More watery fun can be found just steps away at Splashaway Bay, a kiddie aqua park with smaller slides, water cannons, a multi-platform jungle gym and a gigantic drench bucket. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Five things to love about Royal Caribbean's new Symphony of the Seas," 4 Apr. 2018 More than 212,000 people have fled fighting around Idlib in the past month, many of them sleeping in the open as temperatures plunge and rain drenches makeshift campsites, according to the United Nations. Washington Post, "Turkey launches airstrikes in Syria against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters," 21 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of drench

Verb

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for drench

Verb

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

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

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drench

verb
How to pronounce drench (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of drench

: to make (someone or something) completely wet

drench

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

Kids Definition of drench

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

drench

noun
\ 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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