Drench Drench, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Drenched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Drenching}.] [AS. drencan to give to drink, to drench, the causal of drincan to drink; akin to D. drenken, Sw. dr["a]nka, G. tr["a]nken. See {Drink}.] 1. To cause to drink; especially, to dose by force; to put a potion down the throat of, as of a horse; hence. to purge violently by physic. [1913 Webster]

As ``to fell,'' is ``to make to fall,'' and ``to lay,'' to make to lie.'' so ``to drench,'' is ``to make to drink.'' --Trench. [1913 Webster]

2. To steep in moisture; to wet thoroughly; to soak; to saturate with water or other liquid; to immerse. [1913 Webster]

Now dam the ditches and the floods restrain; Their moisture has already drenched the plain. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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