Definition of drench in English:

drench

verb

[with object]
  • 1Wet thoroughly; soak.

    ‘I fell in the stream and was drenched’
    • ‘We were both immobilized, despite being severely drenched, by our chorus of hysterical laughter.’
    • ‘More than a foot of rain drenched the Dallas area overnight.’
    • ‘The rain drenched their distinctive purple uniforms, but that didn't dampen the spirits of the shell-suit Samaritans.’
    • ‘This island has already been drenched, first by Hurricane Dennis, then by Hurricane Rita.’
    • ‘I taunted the rain to soak me, drenching what bit parts it hadn't already.’
    • ‘Not even a rogue wave which suddenly washed over the side, drenching everyone, could dampen spirits for very long.’
    • ‘Startled, he stumbled back, suddenly aware of the fact he was thoroughly drenched by the rain.’
    • ‘She had a suitcase in her hand, and was drenched.’
    • ‘The rain rolled off my cuts and soaked me to the core, washing my face; drenching me and my disturbed state of mind.’
    • ‘‘When you water the plant, the cactus should be drenched thoroughly’, says a gardener.’
    • ‘We would be drenched to the skin when we returned.’
    • ‘The monsoon rains in the region have been the heaviest for almost a century and, yesterday, western India was drenched again.’
    • ‘She narrowly escaped getting drenched by a couple of sprinklers.’
    • ‘If you're still not wet by the end, there's a giant power shower to make sure you're thoroughly drenched.’
    • ‘He was drenched as thoroughly as she was, his shirt clinging to him like a second skin.’
    • ‘I'm supposed to be on my summer holidays, but I can't go outside because the rain is so heavy I'd be drenched in seconds.’
    • ‘A few floors down, sprinklers came on, drenching everything.’
    • ‘The waves washed against the cars and drenched those on the top.’
    • ‘The most delayed arrival of North-East monsoon was recorded in 1992 and 2000 when it started drenching the State on November 2.’
    • ‘I pushed some sheep out of the way to get a better view and almost drenched myself in the spray of freezing-cold water in the process.’
    soak, saturate, wet through, wet thoroughly, permeate, drown, swamp, submerge, inundate, flood
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    1. 1.1 Cover (something) liberally or thoroughly.
      ‘cool patios drenched in flowers’
      • ‘Possibly the shots like the opening shot of red with the trip down the phone line, or the really obvious way each film is drenched in the appropriate colour with out any pretence of hiding the device.’
      • ‘The view out the window was sun drenched and warm, boasting a rolling hillside covered by a grassy ocean of nameless headstones.’
      • ‘All were drenched in the same joy, in the same colour.’
      • ‘Designs of silk chiffon were drenched with a multitude of colors to create a brilliant abstract motif and finely detailed floral prints.’
      • ‘Soon everyone is drenching their pancakes with warm maple syrup or smothering them with berry-rich preserves.’
      • ‘Most importantly, don't ruin your beautiful salad by drenching it in high-calorie dressings and toppings.’
      • ‘The sunshine poured in, drenching the golden sand with an ethereal beauty.’
      • ‘It is drenched with sunshine, and we are amazed that we can manage this in Italy: sitting on the roof of the library in a small town as we eat our lunch.’
      • ‘With the moon drenching the valley in her light, we sat on the sandy shores and watched the dogs go berserk in what must have been their interpretation of canine heaven on earth.’
      • ‘We are drowning in floods of consumer goods and are drenched in showers of media images.’
      • ‘The entire town, population 2,000, is drenched in purple and gold.’
      • ‘As soon as the other side has browned, she grabbed up some pancakes, drenching them in maple syrup, and some Cool Whip that was resting on the counter.’
      • ‘Say the club season ran from February to October, though, and the bulk of the fixtures would be played on firm pitches with possibly even a bit of sun drenching the players' backs.’
      • ‘They cry out in a familiar musical language of liberation, but the politics are drenched with irony.’
      • ‘She uses real leaves, seeds, husks and pods, building on their natural form and texture and drenching them in colour.’
      • ‘Not that I'm exactly drenching myself in the stuff, but, you know.’
      • ‘The glorious sunshine that drenched the pitch stayed out for the whole match and it was not very surprising that the members of the small attendance lay in the freshly cut grass.’
      • ‘Spray colognes work best when you spray the air, and then walk through the mist of musk, as opposed to drenching your skin with smell.’
      • ‘Her sweet tone was drenched in sarcasm, and although thoroughly baffled, she sensed a definite history between the two.’
      • ‘His posters are drenched with colour, most typically of girls done up in an Art Nouveau-style, featuring organic, flowing plant forms.’
      flood, deluge, overflow, overrun, swamp, submerge, engulf, drown, immerse, cover
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  • 2Forcibly administer a drug in liquid form orally to (an animal)

    ‘three-times-a-year drenching for calves’
    • ‘I think that drug was a cattle drench to start off with; I think that is where it originated.’
    • ‘Do not drench an animal when you can administer the necessary medicine in any other way.’
    • ‘‘It was a time when in-calf cows were drenched with a certain product to prevent milk fever,’ he says.’

noun

  • 1A dose of medicine administered to an animal.

    ‘a worming drench’
    • ‘After the firm who supplied the drench paid out compensation, Jim went to a stud breeder and asked to buy a heifer for the same amount.’
    • ‘If using the white drenches and the yellow drenches that have no persistency post dosing, the recommendation is to dose at 3, 6, 9 and 12 weeks after turnout.’
    • ‘This involves giving the first dose to calves at 3 weeks after turnout and repeat dosing every 3 weeks for a 12 week period where the white or yellow drenches are used.’
    • ‘They have two concentrated drenches for the control of Fluke & worms in cattle.’
    • ‘In the current study, the vitamin E drench was composed of d-alpha tocopherol (free form).’
    amount, quantity, measure, portion, dosage, drench, draught
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    1. 1.1archaic A draught of a medicinal or poisonous liquid.
      ‘a drench of sack’

Origin

Old English drencan ‘force to drink’, drenc ‘a drink or draught’, of Germanic origin; related to German tränken (verb), Trank (noun), also to drink.

Pronunciation

drench

/drɛn(t)ʃ/