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leach

When minerals or other materials are pulled out of some substance by a liquid, you can say that they leach from it. A flood can leach important nutrients out of a farmer's field.

In agriculture, when farmers allow cattle to graze too much in one spot, or don't rotate their crops from field to field over the years, they risk having a heavy rain leach nutrients from the soil. Sometimes farmers will use water to deliberately leach unwanted materials, like salt, from a field. The verb leach has an Old English root word, leccan, or "to moisten, water, wet, or irrigate."

Definitions of leach
  1. verb
    cause (a liquid) to leach or percolate
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    type of:
    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  2. verb
    remove substances from by a percolating liquid
    leach the soil”
    synonyms: strip
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    type of:
    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  3. verb
    permeate or penetrate gradually
    “the fertilizer leached into the ground”
    synonyms: percolate
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    type of:
    dribble, filter, trickle
    run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream
  4. noun
    the process of leaching
    synonyms: leaching
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    type of:
    action, activity, natural action, natural process
    a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)
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