Definition of drench in English:



  • 1Wet thoroughly; soak.

    ‘I fell in the stream and was drenched’
    • ‘The monsoon rains in the region have been the heaviest for almost a century and, yesterday, western India was drenched again.’
    • ‘We were both immobilized, despite being severely drenched, by our chorus of hysterical laughter.’
    • ‘‘When you water the plant, the cactus should be drenched thoroughly’, says a gardener.’
    • ‘This island has already been drenched, first by Hurricane Dennis, then by Hurricane Rita.’
    • ‘Startled, he stumbled back, suddenly aware of the fact he was thoroughly drenched by the rain.’
    • ‘He was drenched as thoroughly as she was, his shirt clinging to him like a second skin.’
    • ‘The waves washed against the cars and drenched those on the top.’
    • ‘The rain drenched their distinctive purple uniforms, but that didn't dampen the spirits of the shell-suit Samaritans.’
    • ‘More than a foot of rain drenched the Dallas area overnight.’
    • ‘She had a suitcase in her hand, and was drenched.’
    • ‘Not even a rogue wave which suddenly washed over the side, drenching everyone, could dampen spirits for very long.’
    • ‘If you're still not wet by the end, there's a giant power shower to make sure you're thoroughly drenched.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We would be drenched to the skin when we returned.’
    • ‘A few floors down, sprinklers came on, drenching everything.’
    • ‘The most delayed arrival of North-East monsoon was recorded in 1992 and 2000 when it started drenching the State on November 2.’
    • ‘The rain rolled off my cuts and soaked me to the core, washing my face; drenching me and my disturbed state of mind.’
    • ‘She narrowly escaped getting drenched by a couple of sprinklers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I taunted the rain to soak me, drenching what bit parts it hadn't already.’
    soak, saturate, wet through, wet thoroughly, permeate, drown, swamp, submerge, inundate, flood
    douse, souse, swill down, sluice down, slosh
    steep, bathe
    rinse, wash
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    1. 1.1Cover (something) liberally or thoroughly.
      ‘cool patios drenched in flowers’
      • ‘Her sweet tone was drenched in sarcasm, and although thoroughly baffled, she sensed a definite history between the two.’
      • ‘Soon everyone is drenching their pancakes with warm maple syrup or smothering them with berry-rich preserves.’
      • ‘All were drenched in the same joy, in the same colour.’
      • ‘They cry out in a familiar musical language of liberation, but the politics are drenched with irony.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The view out the window was sun drenched and warm, boasting a rolling hillside covered by a grassy ocean of nameless headstones.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She uses real leaves, seeds, husks and pods, building on their natural form and texture and drenching them in colour.’
      • ‘We are drowning in floods of consumer goods and are drenched in showers of media images.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The entire town, population 2,000, is drenched in purple and gold.’
      • ‘His posters are drenched with colour, most typically of girls done up in an Art Nouveau-style, featuring organic, flowing plant forms.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Designs of silk chiffon were drenched with a multitude of colors to create a brilliant abstract motif and finely detailed floral prints.’
      • ‘Most importantly, don't ruin your beautiful salad by drenching it in high-calorie dressings and toppings.’
      • ‘Not that I'm exactly drenching myself in the stuff, but, you know.’
      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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I think that drug was a cattle drench to start off with; I think that is where it originated.’


  • 1A dose of medicine administered to an animal.

    ‘a worming drench’
    • ‘They have two concentrated drenches for the control of Fluke & worms in cattle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’


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