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tr.v. drenched, drench·ing, drench·es
1. To wet through and through; soak.
2. To administer a large oral dose of liquid medicine to (an animal).
3. To provide with something in great abundance; surfeit: just drenched in money.
1. The act of wetting or becoming wet through and through.
2. Something that drenches: a drench of rain.
3. A large dose of liquid medicine, especially one administered to an animal by pouring down the throat.
[Middle English drenchen, to drown, from Old English drencan, to give to drink, drown; see dhreg- in Indo-European roots.]
Word History: Drink and drench mean quite different things today, but in fact they share similar origins, and, historically, similar meanings. Drink comes from a prehistoric Germanic verb *drinkan, from the Germanic root *drink- meaning "drink." Another form of this root, *drank-, could be combined with a suffix *-jan that was used to form causative verbs, in this case *drankjan, "to cause to drink." The descendant of the simple verb *drinkan in Old English was drincan (virtually unchanged), while the causative verb *drankjan was affected by certain sound shifts and became Old English drencan, pronounced (drĕn′chŏn), and, in Middle and Modern English, drench. In Middle English drench came to mean "to drown," a sense now obsolete; the sense "to steep, soak in liquid" and the current modern sense "to make thoroughly wet" developed by early Modern English times. Drink and drench are not the only such pairs in English, where one verb comes from a prehistoric Germanic causative; some others include sit and set ("to cause to sit"), lie and lay ("to cause to lie"), and fall and fell ("cause to fall").
1. to make completely wet; soak
2. (Veterinary Science) to give liquid medicine to (an animal), esp by force
3. (Veterinary Science) the act or an instance of drenching
4. (Veterinary Science) a dose of liquid medicine given to an animal
[Old English drencan to cause to drink; related to Old High German trenken]
ˈdrenching n, adj
1. to wet thoroughly; soak.
2. to saturate by immersion in a liquid; steep.
3. to cover or fill completely; bathe: sunlight drenching the trees.
4. to administer a draft of medicine to (an animal), esp. by force.
5. Archaic. to cause to drink.n.
6. the act of drenching.
7. something that drenches.
8. a preparation for drenching or steeping.
9. a draft of medicine, esp. one administered to an animal by force.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English drencan, causative of drincan to drink; Old High German trenchen, Old Norse drekkja]
Past participle: drenched
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|Verb||1.||drench - drench or submerge or be drenched or submerged; "The tsunami swamped every boat in the harbor"|
flood - cover with liquid, usually water; "The swollen river flooded the village"; "The broken vein had flooded blood in her eyes"
|2.||drench - force to drink|
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
|3.||drench - permeate or impregnate; "The war drenched the country in blood"|
|4.||drench - cover with liquid; pour liquid onto; "souse water on his hot face"|
wet - cause to become wet; "Wet your face"
brine - soak in brine
bate - soak in a special solution to soften and remove chemicals used in previous treatments; "bate hides and skins"
ret - place (flax, hemp, or jute) in liquid so as to promote loosening of the fibers from the woody tissue
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rennbleyta; gera holdvotan
ısla maksırılsıklam etmeksırılsıklam etmek/olmak
làm ướt sũng
to soak completely. They went out in the rain and were drenched to the skin. deurweek يَتَبَلَّل накисвам ensopar promočit durchnässen gennembløde μουσκεύω εντελώς empapar läbimärjaks tegema کاملاً خیس کردن kastua läpimäräksi tremper לְהָרטִיב לְגָמרֵי भिगोना, गीला करना prokisao, namočen átáztat (és eredménye:) csuromvíz basah kuyup rennbleyta; gera holdvotan inzuppare びしょぬれにする 흠뻑 적시다 kiaurai permirkti izmirkt; salīt basah doordrenkengjennombløtezmoczyć, zmoknąć په پوره ډول لنديدل ensopar a uda промачивать (насквозь) premočiť zmočiti nakvasiti genomdränka, göra genomvåt ทำให้เปียกโชก ısla(t)mak, sırılsıklam etmek/olmak 使濕透 промочувати наскрізь پوری طرح بھگو دینا làm ướt sũng 使浸透