drown

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verb \ˈdrau̇n\

Definition of drown

drowned

play \ˈdrau̇nd\;

drowning

play \ˈdrau̇-niŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to become drowned fell in the river and drowned chicken drowning in barbecue sauce drowning in paperwork

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1a :  to suffocate by submersion especially in waterb :  to submerge especially by a rise in the water level villages drowned by the flooding riverc :  to soak, drench, or cover with a liquid drowns her French fries in ketchup

  5. 2 :  to engage (oneself) deeply and strenuously drowned himself in work

  6. 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

  7. 4a :  to drive out (something, such as a sensation or an idea) drowned his sorrows in liquorb :  overwhelm was drowned in homework

Examples of drown in a Sentence

  1. Four people drowned in the flood.

  2. She fell in the river and drowned.

  3. She claims that he tried to drown her.

  4. He tried to drown himself.

  5. The river overflowed, drowning whole villages.

  6. The food was drowned in sauce.

  7. The loud music drowned the sound of their conversation.

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Origin and Etymology of drown

Middle English drounen


First Known Use: 14th century



DROWN Defined for English Language Learners

drown

play
verb

Definition of drown for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

drown

play
verb \ˈdrau̇n\

Definition of drown for Students

drowned

;

drowning

  1. 1 :  to die or cause to die from being underwater and unable to breathe

  2. 2 :  to cover with a liquid She drowns her salad with dressing.

  3. 3 :  to overpower especially with noise

  4. 4 :  to make helpless or overwhelmed drowning in work


Medical Dictionary

drown

play
verb \ˈdrau̇n\

Medical Definition of drown

drowned

\ˈdrau̇nd\play

drowning

\ˈdrau̇-niŋ\play
  1. 1

  2. intransitive verb

  3. :  to suffocate in water or some other liquid

  4. 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)

  5. transitive verb

  6. :  to suffocate by submersion especially in water drowned three kittens



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