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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
drench /drɛntʃ/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to wet thoroughly;
    soak:I was drenched after the walk in the rain.
  2. to cover or fill completely;
    bathe:sunlight drenching the trees.
drench•ing, adj.: a drenching rainfall.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
drench  (drench),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to wet thoroughly;
  2. to saturate by immersion in a liquid;
  3. to cover or fill completely;
    bathe:trees drenched with sunlight.
  4. [Vet. Med.]to administer a draft of medicine to (an animal), esp. 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. Clothinga solution, esp. one of fermenting bran, for drenching hides or skins.
  5. a large drink or draft.
  6. a draft of medicine, esp. one administered to an animal by force.
  7. Botany[Hort.]a mixture of pesticide and water applied to the soil surrounding a plant.
drencher, n. 
drenching•ly, adv. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English drenchen, Old English drencan, causative of drincan to drink; cognate with Dutch drenken, German tränken to water, give to drink
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  wet. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

drench /drɛntʃ/ vb (transitive)
  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
Etymology: Old English drencan to cause to drink; related to Old High German trenken

ˈdrenching n , adj

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