drown

verb
\ ˈdrau̇n How to pronounce drown (audio) \
drowned\ ˈdrau̇nd How to pronounce drown (audio) \; drowning\ ˈdrau̇-​niŋ How to pronounce drown (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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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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Recent Examples on the Web An unabashed come-on and a fanged kiss-off, this is the artist at her most stripped-down and defiant, ready to drown out the noise and let the work speak for itself. Jason Lamphier, EW.com, 10 Sep. 2021 Patton, 33, died Aug. 1 and before the month's end, Jeremy Skittrall, 45, would also drown at Geist. Lilly St. Angelo, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Sep. 2021 The eMeet Nova Webcam with Microphone will drown out the sound around you. Chris Hachey, BGR, 1 Sep. 2021 Walker is the fourth person to drown at Racine County beaches at Lake Michigan this summer, said Sgt. Carma Hassan, CNN, 24 Aug. 2021 If the Empire can drown out the crowd, and keep their gameplay at a high level, nothing else should matter. Sean Collins, Dallas News, 20 Aug. 2021 People who drown in the Rio Grande and wash up on the Mexican shore are also not included in these statistics. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, 20 Aug. 2021 People flood out of the city’s stadiums as baseball games let out, fans searching for a drink either to celebrate the win or drown the loss. New York Times, 8 Aug. 2021 As the teams took the field, bar-goers got ready to toast the goals, drown the losses and drink to everything in between. Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drown. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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 drown (audio) \; drowning\ ˈdrau̇-​niŋ How to pronounce drown (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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