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Definition of "awash" []

  • Washed by the sea. (adverb)
  • Washing about. (adverb)
  • In such a position or way as to be covered with or as if with water. (adverb)
  • Level with or washed by waves. (adjective)
  • Overflowing with or as if with water: "Some of America's big cities are awash in vacant office space” ( Ross K. Baker). (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "awash" in a sentence
  • "When running "awash" -- that is, with a small part of their upper works above water, they are driven by a gasoline engine at a speed of over 10 miles an hour."
  • "Kennedy skillfully evokes the atmosphere of an edgy defeated Germany and that of a victorious Britain awash in disappointment and disillusion, but she is at her best when conveying the turmoil inside her protagonist’s mind."
  • "According to a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers report, the global mining sector has been "awash" in merger-and-acquisition announcements this year, setting 2010 on a course to match peak 2007 levels."