Definition of drench in English:

drench

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Wet thoroughly; soak.

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

    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Do not drench an animal when you can administer the necessary medicine in any other way.’

noun

  • 1A dose of medicine administered to an animal.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the current study, the vitamin E drench was composed of d-alpha tocopherol (free form).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They have two concentrated drenches for the control of Fluke & worms in cattle.’
    amount, quantity, measure, portion, dosage, drench, draught
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    1. 1.1archaic A draft of a medicinal or poisonous liquid.

Origin

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

Pronunciation

drench

/dren(t)SH//drɛn(t)ʃ/