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[ drench ]

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.


  1. the act of drenching.
  2. something that drenches:

    a drench of rain.

  3. a preparation for drenching or steeping.
  4. a solution, especially one of fermenting bran, for drenching hides or skins.
  5. a large drink or draft.
  6. a draft of medicine, especially one administered to an animal by force.
  7. Horticulture. a mixture of pesticide and water applied to the soil surrounding a plant.


/ drɛntʃ /


  1. to make completely wet; soak
  2. to give liquid medicine to (an animal), esp by force


  1. the act or an instance of drenching
  2. a dose of liquid medicine given to an animal

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Derived Forms

  • ˈdrenching, nounadjective
  • ˈdrencher, noun

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Other Words From

  • drencher noun
  • drenching·ly adverb
  • un·drenched adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of drench1

First recorded before 900; Middle English drenchen, Old English drencan, causative of drincan “to drink” ( drink ); cognate with Dutch drenken, German tränken “to water, give to drink”

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Word History and Origins

Origin of drench1

Old English drencan to cause to drink; related to Old High German trenken

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Synonym Study

See wet.

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Example Sentences

Even by day the Maruts create darkness with the water-bearing cloud, when they drench the earth.

Drench is the causative of drink: here the nominative of the verb is ‘Iris’ and the object ‘beds.’

Sometimes she was so weary that she sank down by the roadside and let130 the night-dew drench her aching limbs.

Epsom salt, in one ounce doses, given either as a gruel or a drench, will be found to answer the purpose well.

You will drench yourself in the blood of the innocent, only that you may do it—while no effect shall follow.'


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What does drench mean?

To drench is to soak with a liquid, as in The rain drenched me from head to foot. Often, drench is used in reference to rain, bodies of water, or a spill of some kind.

To drench is also to saturate with liquid. When you saturate, or drench, a sponge with water, for example, you add as much water as the sponge can hold.

Figuratively, to drench is also to cover or fill completely, such as drenching a plant with sunlight by placing the plant in a sunny window. You might also be drenched in a strong emotion, such as joy or sadness. In other words, you’re full of that joy or sadness.

A drench is a large amount of liquid that is poured or dropped onto something, such as rain during a powerful rain storm.

Drench is also the specific act of drenching something.

Example: The rain is going to absolutely drench the clothes hanging on the laundry line.

Where does drench come from?

The first records of the term drench come from before the 900s. It ultimately comes from the Old English drincan, meaning “to drink.” In this case, drench and drink are both used to mean “to take liquid.”

In veterinary medicine, to drench an animal is to give the animal a medicine, especially by force. Often, larger animals, such as horses, are drenched.

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What are some other forms related to drench?

  • drenched (adjective)
  • drencher (noun)
  • drenchingly (adverb)
  • undrenched (adjective)

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How is drench used in real life?

Drench is commonly used to describe being thoroughly wet.


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Is drench used correctly in the following sentence?

If you drench your salad with dressing, all you will taste is the dressing.




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