leach
I. variant of leech II. verb Etymology: leach vessel through which water is passed to extract lye Date: 1796 transitive verb 1. to dissolve out by the action of a percolating liquid <
leach out alkali from ashes
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2. to subject to the action of percolating liquid (as water) in order to separate the soluble components 3. a. to remove (nutritive or harmful elements) from soil by percolation b. to draw out or remove as if by percolation <
all meaning has been leached from my life
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intransitive verb to pass out or through by percolation • leachability nounleachable adjectiveleacher noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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