\ 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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Examples of parch in a Sentence

The hot desert sun had parched the land. the heat has really parched my throat
Recent Examples on the Web Global warming creates drier air and helps parch vegetation that fuels horrific wildfires. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2021 The liquid goes on like a velvet gloss, dries to a transfer-proof matte that endures through multiple meals and, thrillingly, doesn’t parch the lips in the process. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, 4 June 2021 If that deficit is cranked up for a long time, soils and vegetation will parch. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, 17 Sep. 2020 Courtesy of Walmart Even frequent hand-washing won’t parch your skin thanks to hemp seed, rich in vitamin E and omega fatty acid. Erica Metzger, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Sep. 2020 In recent years, California’s fall wildfire season has extended to much of the year with wet winters and springs followed quickly by hot, dry summers, which parch the natural fuel that flourished with the rains. Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2019 Parts of the Andes Mountains and foothills down to the coast have been parched by an unprecedented 10-year dry spell that has cut some river flows by up to 80 percent. Bob Berwyn,, 16 Apr. 2020 According to dermatologist Hadley King, MD, cocoa butter is rich in fatty acids, which help thoroughly nourish parched, cracked, and ashy skin. Aimee Simeon,, 16 Mar. 2020 Humidifiers can make dry climes and winters less...parched. Popular Science, 31 Jan. 2020 See More

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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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\ 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 Armstrong, Sounder

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