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Definition of drench verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    drench

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//drɛntʃ//
     
    [often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they drench
     
    he / she / it drenches
     
    past simple drenched
     
    -ing form drenching
     
     
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  1. 1to make someone or something completely wet synonym soak
  2. 2 drench somebody/something We were caught in the storm and got drenched to the skin. drench somebody/something in/with something His face was drenched with sweat.
  3. 3(figurative) She drenched herself in perfume. Thesauruswetmoist damp soaked drenched saturatedThese words all describe things covered with or full of liquid, especially water.wet covered with or full of liquid, especially water:The car skidded on the wet road. You'll get wet (= in the rain) if you go out now.moist slightly wet, often in a way that is pleasant or useful:a rich, moist cakedamp slightly wet, often in a way that is unpleasant:The cabin was cold and damp.soaked (somewhat informal) very wet:You're soaked through! (= completely wet)drenched very wet:We got caught in the storm and were drenched to the skin.soaked or drenched?Both of these words can be used with with or in:soaked/drenched with/in sweat/blood. Soaked, but not usually drenched, can also be used before a noun:their soaked clothes their drenched clothessaturated very wet:The ground is completely saturated: it would be pointless to plant anything.Patterns wet/moist/damp/soaked/drenched/saturated with something soaked/drenched in something somebody's coat/shirt/shoes/clothes/hair is/are wet/damp/soaked/drenched wet/moist/damp/saturated ground/soil
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