parch

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verb \ˈpärch\

Definition of parch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to toast under dry heat

  3. 2 :  to shrivel with heat

  4. 3 :  to dry or shrivel with cold

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  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

Origin and Etymology of parch

Middle English


PARCH Defined for English Language Learners

parch

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Definition of parch for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) very dry


PARCH Defined for Kids

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Definition of parch for Students

parched

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parching

  1. :  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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