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1drain

verb \ˈdrān\

: 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

transitive verb
1
obsolete :  filter
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>
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>
4
:  drop 7c, sink <drained the putt>
intransitive verb
1
a :  to flow off gradually
b :  to disappear gradually :  dwindle
2
:  to become emptied or freed of liquid by its flowing or dropping <waiting for the tub to drain>
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>.

2drain

noun

: 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
:  a means (as a pipe) by which usually liquid matter is drained
2
a :  the act of draining
b :  a gradual outflow or withdrawal :  depletion
3
:  something that causes depletion :  burden
4
:  an electrode in a field-effect transistor toward which charge carriers move — compare gate, source
down the drain
:  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

1552
DRAIN[2] Defined for Kids

1drain

verb \ˈdrān\
draineddrain·ing

Definition of DRAIN for Kids

1
:  to remove (liquid) from something by letting it flow away or out <We need to drain water from the pool.>
2
:  to slowly make or become dry or empty <drain a swamp>
3
:  to flow into, away from, or out of something <The water slowly drained.>
4
:  to slowly disappear <All the joy of the music drained out of him. — Mary Pope Osborne, Christmas in Camelot>
5
:  to tire out <She was drained by the busy weekend.>

2drain

noun

Definition of DRAIN for Kids

1
:  something used to remove a liquid <the tub's drain>
2
:  something that slowly empties of or uses up <The long trip was a drain on Grandma's strength.>

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