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We were caught in the rain and our clothes were saturated.
  to completely wet


to fill — in various senses including:
  • chemistry:  saturate a solution — to fill a solution with as much of something as it can hold
  • business:  saturate a market — to fill a market with a good
  • advertising:  saturation advertising — to advertise a great deal
  • military:  saturation bombing — to bomb an area extensively
  • color theory:  color saturation — color intensity
  • biology:  saturated fat — filled with hydrogen atoms (most people thought to eat more than is healthy)
  • physics:  magnetic saturation — intensity of a magnetic charge
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  • We were caught in the rain and our clothes were saturated.
  • The bandage was saturated with blood.
  • The soil is saturated from the rain.
  • The secret to her sweet tea is that she adds the sugar while the water is still hot, so it will hold more sugar before it is saturated.

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  • Our plan is to discourage competition by saturating the market at a low price.
  • Drip, drip, drip, into the white gravel until, saturated, it could no longer receive and a second tiny pool appeared.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • The colors are all saturated and Technicolor-bright, and the couple looks perfect, sparkling, all white teeth and dazzling smiles and beautiful brown hair.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • The media has saturated the legal environment.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Dreams as vivid and saturated with color as oil paintings.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • ) and saturated the washcloth.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea

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  • My friends in the FBI feel this would cut crime rates down by 70, 80 percent in any city where we have real and meaningful saturation.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • People had desperately tried to protect what little they owned, moving their animals to higher ground, but the floods saturated the corn they had harvested, destroyed the orchards and drowned many of the buffaloes.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • The blood from her head had saturated the towel and was spreading onto Charlie’s pants.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • It was a wonderful place for me, home to a hundred bottles and bundles, saturated with a thousand smells.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • With all the letumosis fatalities the past few years, one would think the market is saturated with unneeded ID chips.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • The tar-saturated wood burned like a torch, crackling wildly as the fire inched across the structure as if it were stalking another victim.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • We rented pumps and spraying equipment and started saturating the area last month.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • Company president Donald Rodocker had helped establish the Navy’s saturation diving program, which allowed divers to descend beyond one thousand feet using equipment similar to that of scuba divers.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Each hour the dance hall seems to grow progressively warmer, so by the eighth day, the air, walls, and floor are saturated with the hot, teeming odor of boys.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • "Get it out," I say quietly and quickly, leaning my head back into the water, attempting to saturate my hair by running my fingers through it under the stream.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • In fact, their coming to the island instilled a hope that many of the children’s problems could be solved by a saturation of fresh ideas and faces.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • According to the story, Bilbo—whose face and utterances had saturated the media during the war years and those immediately following—had been admitted to the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans to undergo surgery for cancer of the mouth.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The air is saturated with the stink of perfumes at war.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Supported by the dense, mineral-saturated water, I was buoyant as an oiled feather, kept from floating away only by my grip on the curved muscles of his shoulders, and the snug, firm clasp I kept of him lower down.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Everything was still bathed and saturated with her presence— higher, wider, deeper than life, a shift in optics that had produced a rainbow edge, and I remember thinking that this must be how people felt after visions of saints—not that my mother was a saint, only that her appearance had been as distinct and startling as a flame leaping up in a dark room.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • But in the presence of this cruelly beautiful man, respect was saturated with fear.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • I see the front of his shirt is saturated with it.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • I want so badly to follow them, but the seawater saturates my wings, making it impossible to lift them.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Danny was saturated in blood, still conscious, still trying to fire his rifle at the enemy.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • It takes some time to get the jumpsuit off, and then we find his undergarments are saturated with blood as well.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • The weather was already growing wintry and morning frosts congealed an earth saturated by autumn rains.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • As I patrolled through the forest, my movie-saturated imagination began to run wild.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • But in the morning I rose and there it was, filling my living quarters once more, from floor to ceiling, seeping into the walls, saturating the air I breathed, like vapor.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • They rose to the cloud layer, and icy moisture saturated the air.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • But after the arrest in Athens and the news at the Balegamires’, Luma decided that the Fugees needed a break and an introduction to America’s most sugar-saturated holiday.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • She was saturated, bulging.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • His left arm, rudely bandaged in a shawl, hung heavy and useless at his side; the bandage was saturated with blood.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • She digs into her pale pink pocket and replaces my saturated tissue with a new one.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • There were no questions and no doubts when he stood on a platform over a sea of faces; the air was heavy, compact, saturated with a single solvent—admiration; there was no room for anything else.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • By now, my shirt was saturated with blood.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • Separate trickles of blood spilled to a puddle on the floor through one saturated trouser leg like countless unstoppable swarms of wriggling red worms.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • I gulped in a quick refill, glad that Charlie’s scent had not saturated the room yet.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • He took a mouthful, drew it up, saturated his palate with it and then spat it forth into the grate.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Then he smelled the strange fabric, saturated with the man-smell.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • He was saturated.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • At the time I was writing "The Frost King," and this letter, like many others, contains phrases which show that my mind was saturated with the story.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • I spread out a large piece of sailcloth, and covered it equally all over with a strong liquid, made of glue and isinglass, which saturated it thoroughly.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • To her amazement she found that some "quite nice" people were saturated with Wells, and that this accessibility to ideas was the secret of their niceness.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • Her flesh is damp, saturated, lustrous.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • The figures and objects stood in relief from the surface, giving the panorama a feeling of hyperrealism with its saturated, glowing colors and minute detail.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
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