parch

verb
\ ˈpärch How to pronounce parch (audio) \
parched; parching; parches

Definition of parch

transitive verb

1 : to toast under dry heat
2 : to shrivel with heat
3 : to dry or shrivel with cold

intransitive verb

: to become dry or scorched

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Synonyms & Antonyms for parch

Synonyms

dehydrate, desiccate, dry, scorch, sear

Antonyms

hydrate, wash, water, wet

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Examples of parch in a Sentence

The hot desert sun had parched the land. the heat has really parched my throat

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All this effervescence was refreshing for food retailers who are generally parched for growth. Aaron Back, WSJ, "The Year of Fancy Water and Kombucha," 31 Dec. 2018 US Forest Service The die-off, meanwhile, that’s created so much fuel is a symptom of the years-long drought that has parched the Western United States. Umair Irfan, Vox, "California has 129 million dead trees. That’s a huge wildfire risk.," 1 Sep. 2018 To make your shower even more moisturizing, swap parching sudsy for a cleansing oil with fatty acid–rich soybean oil to fortify and protect skin's moisture barrier. Mary Clarke And Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "6 Simple Ways to Battle Dry Winter Skin," 11 Nov. 2015 The Iberian peninsula endured some record heat last weekend, with temperatures exceeding 45 C (113 F), which parched large areas. Barry Hatton, Fox News, "Wildfires torment Portugal, Spain as France feels the heat," 7 Aug. 2018 The Iberian peninsula endured some record heat last weekend, with temperatures exceeding 45 C (113 F), which parched large areas. Barry Hatton, The Seattle Times, "Wildfires torment Portugal, Spain as France feels the heat," 7 Aug. 2018 But the whole ordeal was jarring for California, which had just been parched by a record drought that left lakes dry, lawns yellow, and restaurants not allowed to serve water unless it was specifically requested. Umair Irfan, Vox, "California’s droughts and deluges portend the weather “whiplash” to come," 24 Apr. 2018 Louis Meyer was parched after winning the 1936 race and asked for buttermilk in victory lane. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Everything you need to know about the Indy 500 2018," 9 Apr. 2018 California's ongoing drought parched its landscape, making the state tinder for potential fires. National Geographic, "Mudslides, Wildfires, and Drought—California's Deadly Weather Explained," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of parch

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for parch

Middle English

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The first known use of parch was in the 14th century

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parch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of parch

formal : to make (something) very dry

parch

verb
\ ˈpärch How to pronounce parch (audio) \
parched; parching

Kids Definition of parch

: to dry or make dry from heat and lack of moisture The heat and drought of dog days had parched the earth …— William H. Armstrong, Sounder

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