to make extremely, excessively, or completely dry, as heat, sun, and wind do.
to make dry, hot, or thirsty: Walking in the sun parched his throat.
to dry (peas, beans, grain, etc.) by exposure to heat without burning; to toast or roast slightly: A staple of the Indian diet was parched corn.
to dry or shrivel with cold.
to suffer from heat, thirst, or need of water.
to become parched; undergo drying by heat.
to dry (usually followed by up).
- parch·a·ble, adjective
- parch·ing·ly, adverb
- un·parch·ing, adjective
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How to use parch in a sentence
Meanwhile, heat-parched forests in Portugal and Spain went up in flames as wildfires raged.Heat waves appear more life-threatening than scientists once thought | Carolyn Gramling | August 24, 2022 | Science News For Students
Drought is parching farmlands and the rivers that feed them.How did we get here? The roots and impacts of the climate crisis | Alexandra Witze | March 10, 2022 | Science News
It is nonsensical to parch one's throat with thirst when a kindly Mahomedan is ready to offer pure water to drink.Third class in Indian railways | Mahatma Gandhi
They first parch and then pound it between two stones until it is reduced to a fine meal.Historic Adventures | Rupert S. Holland
What they gave me did rather parch and dry up my body, and made me probably worse than otherwise I might have been.George Fox | George Fox
British Dictionary definitions for parch
to deprive or be deprived of water; dry up: the sun parches the fields
(tr; usually passive) to make very thirsty: I was parched after the run
(tr) to roast (corn, etc) lightly
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