Definition of drench in English:


Syllabification: drench
Pronunciation: /drenCH


[with object]
  • 1Wet thoroughly; soak: I fell in the stream and got drenched (as noun drenching) a severe drenching would kill his uncle
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    • ‘When you water the plant, the cactus should be drenched thoroughly’, says a gardener.
    • If you're still not wet by the end, there's a giant power shower to make sure you're thoroughly drenched.
    • I taunted the rain to soak me, drenching what bit parts it hadn't already.
    soak, saturate, wet through, permeate, douse, souse; drown, swamp, inundate, flood; steep, bathe
  • 1.1Cover (something) liberally or thoroughly: cool patios drenched in flowers
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    • The view out the window was sun drenched and warm, boasting a rolling hillside covered by a grassy ocean of nameless headstones.
    • They cry out in a familiar musical language of liberation, but the politics are drenched with irony.
    • 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.
  • 2Forcibly administer a drug in liquid form orally to (an animal).
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    • ‘It was a time when in-calf cows were drenched with a certain product to prevent milk fever,’ he says.
    • I think that drug was a cattle drench to start off with; I think that is where it originated.
    • Do not drench an animal when you can administer the necessary medicine in any other way.


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  • 1A dose of medicine administered to an animal.
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    • 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.
    • They have two concentrated drenches for the control of Fluke & worms in cattle.
  • 1.1 archaic A draft of a medicinal or poisonous liquid.


Old English drencan 'force to drink', drenc 'a drink or draft', of Germanic origin; related to German tränken (verb), Trank (noun), also to drink.

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