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verb \ˈdrān\

Simple Definition of drain

  • : to remove (liquid) from something by letting it flow away or out

  • of a container : to become empty of a liquid

  • of a liquid : to flow into, away from, or out of something

Full Definition of drain

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  filter

  3. 2 a :  to draw off (liquid) gradually or completely <drained all the water out> b :  to cause the gradual disappearance of <drain the region's wealth> c :  to exhaust physically or emotionally <feeling drained at the end of a long workday>

  4. 3 a :  to make gradually dry <drain a swamp> b :  to carry away the surface water of <the river that drains the valley> c :  to deplete or empty by or as if by drawing off by degrees or in increments <drained the country of its resources> d :  to empty by drinking the contents of <drain a mug of beer>

  5. 4 :  drop 7c, sink <drained the putt>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 a :  to flow off gradually b :  to disappear gradually :  dwindle

  8. 2 :  to become emptied or freed of liquid by its flowing or dropping <waiting for the tub to drain>

  9. 3 :  to discharge surface or surplus water

drain·er noun

Examples of drain

  1. Drain the canned tomatoes before adding them to the pot.

  2. The swamp has been drained.

  3. I was waiting for the bathtub to drain.

  4. The river drains into a lake.

  5. Years of civil war have drained the country's resources.

  6. The city's emergency fund has been drained.

  7. I feel totally drained of energy this evening.

Origin of drain

Middle English draynen, from Old English drēahnian — more at dry

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of drain

deplete, drain, exhaust, impoverish, bankrupt mean to deprive of something essential to existence or potency. deplete implies a reduction in number or quantity so as to endanger the ability to function <depleting our natural resources>. drain implies a gradual withdrawal and ultimate deprivation of what is necessary to an existence <personal tragedy had drained him of all spirit>. exhaust stresses a complete emptying <her lecture exhausted the subject>. impoverish suggests a deprivation of something essential to richness or productiveness <impoverished soil>. bankrupt suggests impoverishment to the point of imminent collapse <war had bankrupted the nation of resources>.




Simple Definition of drain

  • : something (such as a pipe) that is used for removing a liquid from a place or container

  • : something that uses a lot of time, money, etc.

Full Definition of drain

  1. 1 :  a means (as a pipe) by which usually liquid matter is drained

  2. 2 a :  the act of draining b :  a gradual outflow or withdrawal :  depletion

  3. 3 :  something that causes depletion :  burden

  4. 4 :  an electrode in a field-effect transistor toward which charge carriers move — compare gate, source

down the drain
  1. :  to a state of being wasted or irretrievably lost

Examples of drain

  1. The drain in the bathtub is blocked.


First Known Use of drain


DRAIN Defined for Kids



verb \ˈdrān\

Definition of drain


  1. 1 :  to remove (liquid) from something by letting it flow away or out <We need to drain water from the pool.>

  2. 2 :  to slowly make or become dry or empty <drain a swamp>

  3. 3 :  to flow into, away from, or out of something <The water slowly drained.>

  4. 4 :  to slowly disappear <All the joy of the music drained out of him. — Mary Pope Osborne, Christmas in Camelot>

  5. 5 :  to tire out <She was drained by the busy weekend.>




Definition of drain

  1. 1 :  something used to remove a liquid <the tub's drain>

  2. 2 :  something that slowly empties of or uses up <The long trip was a drain on Grandma's strength.>

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February 6, 2016

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