\ˈpärcht \

Definition of parched 

: deprived of natural moisture parched land also : thirsty He was parched after the long hike.

Examples of parched in a Sentence

Could I have some water? I'm parched.

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Firefighters from all over the country have been helping California battle a series of deadly and devastating wildfires in recent weeks that have spread through drought-parched forests and rural communities. Brady Mccombs, The Seattle Times, "42-year-old Utah father dies fighting California wildfire," 14 Aug. 2018 What harsh rules and rigid impositions are starting to leave your heart parched? Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes Aug 6-12," 6 Aug. 2012 These products will hydrate even my ultra-parched skin for way less. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "How to Fight Acne and Dry Skin in Winter," 13 Nov. 2018 As urban development and wildfire creep closer toward one another, tens of thousands of residents across the state are reckoning with new risks that once seemed relegated to the lovely, if parched golden hillsides above the cities. Susie Cagle, Curbed, "California’s changing fire country," 10 Oct. 2018 Nourish parched limbs with Rodan + Field's fast-absorbing lotion, which is formulated with a concentrated dose of hyaluronic acid and glycerin that strategically pulls in moisture from the atmosphere. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "6 Supercharged Body Lotions for a Complete Skin Overhaul," 15 Aug. 2018 Faucets are running dry and the lakes that once nurtured the southern city of Bangalore and its nearly 10 million residents are either parched or fetid with industrial waste and toxic effluents. Washington Post, "Water mismanagement leaves India’s Silicon Valley parched," 16 May 2018 In this bleak, dystopic debut novel, a young boy flees his tormentors and family’s betrayal into a parched, unnamed land. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "New in Paperback: ‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine,’ ‘The Fact of a Body’," 6 July 2018 Dust storms The Phoenix area is dry, and outflow from thunderstorms and monsoon activity in recent days has kicked up dust from the parched landscape. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Smog or fog? Nah. That's dust in the Phoenix area," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of parched

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of parched

: very dry especially because of hot weather and no rain

: very thirsty

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