drown

verb
\ ˈdrau̇n How to pronounce drown (audio) \
drowned\ ˈdrau̇nd How to pronounce drowned (audio) \; drowning\ ˈdrau̇-​niŋ How to pronounce drowning (audio) \

Definition of drown

intransitive verb

: to become drowned fell in the river and drowned chicken drowning in barbecue sauce drowning in paperwork

transitive verb

1a : to suffocate by submersion especially in water
b : to submerge especially by a rise in the water level villages drowned by the flooding river
c : to soak, drench, or cover with a liquid drowns her French fries in ketchup
2 : to engage (oneself) deeply and strenuously drowned himself in work
3 : to cause (a sound) not to be heard by making a loud noise usually used with out turned up the radio to drown out the noise
4a : to drive out (something, such as a sensation or an idea) drowned his sorrows in liquor
b : overwhelm was drowned in homework

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Synonyms & Antonyms for drown

Synonyms

deluge, engulf, flood, gulf, inundate, overflow, overwhelm, submerge, submerse, swamp

Antonyms

drain

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Examples of drown in a Sentence

Four people drowned in the flood. She fell in the river and drowned. She claims that he tried to drown her. He tried to drown himself. The river overflowed, drowning whole villages. The food was drowned in sauce. The loud music drowned the sound of their conversation.
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of injury death in children ages one to four. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "This Is the Age Your Kids Should Start Swimming Lessons," 3 Apr. 2019 The first thing is, my music is very loud, to drown out the outside world. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Get to Know the 2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists," 27 July 2018 His voice was soon drowned out by a buzzing chain saw as the members of his crew sliced into the tree trunk, revealing the orange flames that were hollowing it out. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "California Firefighters Battle Exhaustion From Perpetual Blazes," 18 Nov. 2018 Since exoplanets are drowned out by starlight, astronomers have to use clever, indirect ways to tease out the existence of a distant world. Loren Grush, The Verge, "A cold ‘super-Earth’ may live around a nearby star," 14 Nov. 2018 As a pro-gun, conservative student, Anthony Bartosiewicz believes his opinion has been drowned out. Katie Zezima, Washington Post, "Conservative students speak out on gun rights, plan marches in 10 cities Saturday," 6 July 2018 All is not perfect — at a preview, the sound balance with the live music occasionally meant the vocals were drowned out. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Review: F***boys: The Musical - Fringe 2018," 14 May 2018 Haspel, a career CIA agent with more than 30 years at the agency, will also have to answer questions about her involvement in the destruction of 92 CIA videotapes that showed prisoners being waterboarded — a technique that simulates drowning. Erin Kelly, USA TODAY, "Senators to press Gina Haspel about her role in CIA torture program during Wednesday hearing," 8 May 2018 And the unbearable cuteness and sexiness of Cardi, a raunchy L.O.L. doll, quickly erases those moments, drowning them in adorable high jinks. Harper's BAZAAR, "Cardi B Opens Up About Her "Rags to Riches" Cinderella Story," 7 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of drown

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for drown

Middle English drounen

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drown

verb

English Language Learners Definition of drown

: to die by being underwater too long and unable to breathe
: to hold (a person or animal) underwater until death occurs
: to cover (something) completely with a liquid

drown

verb
\ ˈdrau̇n How to pronounce drown (audio) \
drowned; drowning

Kids Definition of drown

1 : to die or cause to die from being underwater and unable to breathe
2 : to cover with a liquid She drowns her salad with dressing.
3 : to overpower especially with noise
4 : to make helpless or overwhelmed drowning in work

drown

verb
\ ˈdrau̇n How to pronounce drown (audio) \
drowned\ ˈdrau̇nd How to pronounce drowned (audio) \; drowning\ ˈdrau̇-​niŋ How to pronounce drowning (audio) \

Medical Definition of drown

intransitive verb

1 : to suffocate in water or some other liquid
2 : to suffocate because of excess of body fluid that interferes with the passage of oxygen from the lungs to the body tissues (as in pulmonary edema)

transitive verb

: to suffocate by submersion especially in water drowned three kittens

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