\ˈpärch \
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


dehydrate, desiccate, dry, scorch, sear


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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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 The wind careens over low-lying Southern California, parching vegetation in its path that can easily become fuel for a fire. Bonnie Berkowitz, Washington Post, "How Santa Ana winds spread wildfires," 8 Dec. 2017 Famine looks like dusty fields parched from drought, distended bellies and emaciated frames, a bad harvest with no crops. Clarissa Ward, Salma Abdelaziz And Scott Mcwhinnie, CNN, "In Yemen, the markets have food, but children are starving to death," 19 Dec. 2017 Hot, dry and windy weather parched the grapes, reducing yields and grape juice, and harvesting was completed earlier than usual. Rudy Ruitenberg,, "France to Make Least Wine in 60 Years After Bad Weather Hits Grapes," 7 Oct. 2017 Their bodies were bent under the weight of their belongings and their lips were cracked and parched from thirst. Washington Post, "Bangladesh coastal town a place of Rohingya hope and tragedy," 25 Sep. 2017 Responding to the severe drought that is parching Italy, the Vatican has started to shut off its historic decorative and drinking fountains, Hilary Clarke reports for CNN. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Vatican Shuts Off Its Historic Fountains in Midst of Scorching Drought," 26 July 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of parch

: to make (something) very dry


\ˈpärch \
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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to reject or criticize sharply

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