- to wet thoroughly; soak.
- to saturate by immersion in a liquid; steep.
- to cover or fill completely; bathe: trees drenched with sunlight.
- Veterinary Medicine. to administer a draft of medicine to (an animal), especially by force: to drench a horse.
- Archaic. to cause to drink.
- the act of drenching.
- something that drenches: a drench of rain.
- a preparation for drenching or steeping.
- a solution, especially one of fermenting bran, for drenching hides or skins.
- a large drink or draft.
- a draft of medicine, especially one administered to an animal by force.
- Horticulture. a mixture of pesticide and water applied to the soil surrounding a plant.
Origin of drench
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Related Words for drenchinundate, soak, deluge, saturate, drown, douse, submerge, impregnate, steep, immerse, dunk, souse, teem, flood, pour, sop, seethe, duck, dip, imbrue
Examples from the Web for drench
Historical Examples of drench
When I drench my insides with tea I sort of want it to take a hold.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
Mix and boil down to one quart; when cool give it as a drench.One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed
C. A. Bogardus
Dole sunlight into his room by degrees; and when he can bear it, drench him with it.A Simpleton
Where Molly and Sandy rode they were exposed to the first drench of a cloud-burst.Rimrock Trail
J. Allan Dunn
Or are you, reader, one who delights to drench his mirth in tears?The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb
- to make completely wet; soak
- to give liquid medicine to (an animal), esp by force
- the act or an instance of drenching
- a dose of liquid medicine given to an animal
Word Origin for drench
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.