To drench something is to get it thoroughly wet. You might drench your sister with the garden hose to pay her back for squirting you with her water pistol.

When you're sailing a small boat on a stormy day, waves might drench you, and a torrential rain storm can also drench you, if you leave your umbrella at home. If your dog is crazy about swimming, he might drench himself often by plunging into whatever body of water you're near. Drench comes from the Old English drencan, which means both "submerge or drown" and "give drink to or make drunk."

Definitions of drench

v cover with liquid; pour liquid onto

douse, dowse, soak, sop, souse
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soak in brine
bedraggle, draggle
make wet and dirty, as from rain
soak in a special solution to soften and remove chemicals used in previous treatments
place (flax, hemp, or jute) in liquid so as to promote loosening of the fibers from the woody tissue
flush, sluice
irrigate with water from a sluice
Type of:
cause to become wet

v drench or submerge or be drenched or submerged

Type of:
cover with liquid, usually water

v permeate or impregnate

“The war drenched the country in blood”
Type of:
impregnate, saturate
infuse or fill completely

v force to drink

Type of:
cater, ply, provide, supply
give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

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