Definition of awash in English:



  • 1[predicative] Covered or flooded with water, especially seawater or rain.

    ‘the boat rolled violently, its decks awash’
    • ‘I like the idea of dark banking transactions taking place in towns like Miltown Malbay, awash with transnational avarice.’
    • ‘Every investment bank in the City is said to be awash with potential deals, which is sparking guessing games as to who will fall on to the auction block next.’
    • ‘The next morning there was a last-minute change of plan to avoid arriving back in London while it was awash with May Day demonstrators.’
    • ‘The Catalan capital was awash with the cream of the European cinema.’
    • ‘Aboriginal society is awash with politics, the politics of preferment.’
    • ‘Ireland is in fact awash with tax reliefs and incentives.’
    • ‘How things have changed: we are awash with extra-virgin olive oil and have overdosed on sun-dried tomatoes.’
    • ‘The yacht lay alongside the pier at a sharp cant, its left side decks awash with water.’
    • ‘The gutters were awash with dirty soot-flecked water, rushing down the storm-drain.’
    • ‘Yes, knowledge is better than ignorance, but isn't North America awash with sexual information?’
    • ‘Two walls of the gallery are covered with her canvases, awash with deep blues and cheerful yellows.’
    • ‘Zambian courts are always awash with petitions every after election.’
    • ‘But even that argument no longer applies now that Ireland is awash with euros, new factories and millionaires.’
    • ‘And as the winter rains pour down, the camp is awash with sewage and rubbish.’
    • ‘This afternoon seemed awash with possibilities and promise.’
    • ‘At the end of 2000, York was reduced to a sandbag city, hit by unprecedented levels of rain and awash with flood water.’
    • ‘‘We reckoned we were awash with knowledge on how a marina should operate,’ he laughed.’
    • ‘They did, and his end-of-tour report was not awash with praise.’
    • ‘The old place, awash with memories, is now hosting its last season before the club moves to its huge new stadium at nearby Ashburton Grove.’
    • ‘Edinburgh is awash with restaurants, some good - some not so good.’
    flooded, covered with water, under water
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    1. 1.1Containing large numbers or amounts of someone or something.
      ‘the city was awash with journalists’
      • ‘Common sense dictates that most people, awash in their own ignorance, far prefer to lecture than be lectured to.’
      • ‘The movie is awash in liberal stereotypes.’
      • ‘The platform, we were told, was awash with horrid chemicals which would pollute vast areas of the pristine ocean.’
      • ‘The room is a beehive, awash with noise.’
      • ‘Wimbledon has literally been awash with interruptions in its final week.’
      • ‘In the early 1950s, the Massey commissioners noted that universities remained islets of civilization awash in a growing sea of materialism.’
      • ‘Still awash in relief at leaving behind the murky realm of differing ideologies, Anne giggled nervously.’
      • ‘Again, right now the world is awash in cheap money.’
      • ‘Soon enough he was inside, awash in cool dim light from above.’
      • ‘Cartwright Hall - one of Bradford's most magnificent venues for weddings - will soon be awash with all things matrimonial.’
      • ‘Her small face was awash with worry, her body language agitated.’
      • ‘Declared biologically dead in 1957, the Thames is now awash with wildlife, ecologists say.’
      • ‘Just today I heard from someone who came to see me in my office just exactly how awash with cash Government departments are.’
      • ‘The media industry - no less than the campaign system - is awash in oceans of dollars.’
      • ‘Closing her eyes in anticipation, awash in the sensations he was arousing in her, she waited.’
      • ‘The recent pages of our publications are awash in stories of credit difficulty.’
      • ‘The streets are awash with people speaking English.’
      • ‘They are reckoned to be the craziest in a city awash with yellow lines.’
      • ‘With the streets awash in dead frogs, small talk is no longer the order of the day.’
      • ‘He has five years left at the helm of a government awash with oil revenues.’
    2. 1.2Level with the surface of water, especially the sea, so that it just washes over.
      ‘a rock awash outside the reef entrance’
      • ‘Here we discovered a rock awash not noted in either chart or guide.’
      • ‘Watch the rock awash off the southern point and anchor in 20/30Ft of water.’
      • ‘This is poor seamanship, as a rock awash off Jones Point is not visible.’