parch

verb \ ˈpärch \

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

Examples of parch in a Sentence

  1. The hot desert sun had parched the land.

  2. the heat has really parched my throat

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Origin and Etymology of parch

Middle English


PARCH Defined for English Language Learners

parch

verb

Definition of parch for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) very dry


PARCH Defined for Kids

parch

verb \ ˈpärch \

Definition of parch for Students

parched; parching
: 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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