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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I taunted the rain to soak me, drenching what bit parts it hadn't already.’
    • ‘If you're still not wet by the end, there's a giant power shower to make sure you're thoroughly drenched.’
    • ‘The waves washed against the cars and drenched those on the top.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A few floors down, sprinklers came on, drenching everything.’
    • ‘She had a suitcase in her hand, and was drenched.’
    • ‘The most delayed arrival of North-East monsoon was recorded in 1992 and 2000 when it started drenching the State on November 2.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not even a rogue wave which suddenly washed over the side, drenching everyone, could dampen spirits for very long.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was drenched as thoroughly as she was, his shirt clinging to him like a second skin.’
    • ‘She narrowly escaped getting drenched by a couple of sprinklers.’
    • ‘The rain rolled off my cuts and soaked me to the core, washing my face; drenching me and my disturbed state of mind.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All were drenched in the same joy, in the same colour.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘Most importantly, don't ruin your beautiful salad by drenching it in high-calorie dressings and toppings.’
      • ‘His posters are drenched with colour, most typically of girls done up in an Art Nouveau-style, featuring organic, flowing plant forms.’
      • ‘We are drowning in floods of consumer goods and are drenched in showers of media images.’
      • ‘She uses real leaves, seeds, husks and pods, building on their natural form and texture and drenching them in colour.’
      • ‘The view out the window was sun drenched and warm, boasting a rolling hillside covered by a grassy ocean of nameless headstones.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Soon everyone is drenching their pancakes with warm maple syrup or smothering them with berry-rich preserves.’
      • ‘The sunshine poured in, drenching the golden sand with an ethereal beauty.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Designs of silk chiffon were drenched with a multitude of colors to create a brilliant abstract motif and finely detailed floral prints.’
      • ‘Not that I'm exactly drenching myself in the stuff, but, you know.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her sweet tone was drenched in sarcasm, and although thoroughly baffled, she sensed a definite history between the two.’
      • ‘They cry out in a familiar musical language of liberation, but the politics are drenched with irony.’
      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)

    • ‘I think that drug was a cattle drench to start off with; I think that is where it originated.’
    • ‘‘It was a time when in-calf cows were drenched with a certain product to prevent milk fever,’ he says.’
    • ‘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.

    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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

/drɛn(t)ʃ//dren(t)SH/