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drain

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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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

drainer noun

Examples of drain in a sentence

  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>.

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drain

noun

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.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  1. The drain in the bathtub is blocked.



1552

First Known Use of drain

1552



DRAIN Defined for Kids

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drain

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verb \ˈdrān\

Definition of drain for Students

draineddraining

  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.>




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drain

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noun

Definition of drain for Students

  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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