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Definition of "parch" [parch]

  • To make extremely dry, especially by exposure to heat: The midsummer sun parched the earth. See Synonyms at burn1. (verb-transitive)
  • To make thirsty. (verb-transitive)
  • To dry or roast (corn, for example) by exposing to heat. (verb-transitive)
  • To become very dry. See Synonyms at dry. (verb-intransitive)
  • To become thirsty. (verb-intransitive)

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 "parch" in a sentence
  • "What he saw reflected there was the exact likeness of one of the pretas, the restive spirits doomed to parch and starve because of their attachments to past lives, his hair white as death and flung out to every point of the compass, his limbs like sticks, his face seared like a hot dog left too long on the grill."
  • "Before I made it back to my vehicle he called me back to his parch and wrote me permission."
  • "Such a shortage would parch Nevada, Arizona and California with severe water-use restrictions."