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drench

[drench] /drɛntʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to wet thoroughly; soak.
2.
to saturate by immersion in a liquid; steep.
3.
to cover or fill completely; bathe:
trees drenched with sunlight.
4.
Veterinary Medicine. to administer a draft of medicine to (an animal), especially by force:
to drench a horse.
5.
Archaic. to cause to drink.
noun
6.
the act of drenching.
7.
something that drenches:
a drench of rain.
8.
a preparation for drenching or steeping.
9.
a solution, especially one of fermenting bran, for drenching hides or skins.
10.
a large drink or draft.
11.
a draft of medicine, especially one administered to an animal by force.
12.
Horticulture. a mixture of pesticide and water applied to the soil surrounding a plant.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English drenchen, Old English drencan, causative of drincan to drink; cognate with Dutch drenken, German tränken to water, give to drink
Related forms
drencher, noun
drenchingly, adverb
undrenched, adjective
Synonyms
1. See wet.
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  • Morning rains now drench the streets, which bake and steam throughout the day.
  • Rains, welcome to the redwoods but not to visitors, drench the park in winter.
  • Clove oil applied either as a pre-plant or as a drench provided protection against seedling damping-off.
British Dictionary definitions for drench

drench

/drɛntʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make completely wet; soak
2.
to give liquid medicine to (an animal), esp by force
noun
3.
the act or an instance of drenching
4.
a dose of liquid medicine given to an animal
Derived Forms
drencher, noun
drenching, noun, adjective
Word Origin
Old English drencan to cause to drink; related to Old High German trenken
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Word Origin and History for drench
v.

c.1200, "to submerge, drown," from Old English drencan "give drink to, ply with drink, make drunk; soak, saturate; submerge, drown," causative of drincan "to drink" (see drink), from Proto-Germanic *drankijan (cf. Old Norse drekkja, Swedish dränka, Dutch drenken, German tränken, Gothic dragkjan "to give to drink"). Sense of "to wet thoroughly by throwing liquid over" is from c.1550. Related: Drenched; drenching.

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