Definition of drown
: to become drowned fell in the river and drowned chicken drowning in barbecue sauce drowning in paperwork
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
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 liquorb : overwhelm was drowned in homework
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.
Recent Examples of drown from the Web
In an obvious ratings grab that drowned out coverage for the other candidates, Scarborough announced a town hall on one of the same nights — for Trump only.
Their ship filled with water, snapped its mooring lines and sank, drowning three.
The drowning happened around 3 p.m. on the 400 block of Lakeshore Drive, which is in the Fisherman’s Cove area of High Rock Lake in Salisbury.
The free event from 9 a.m. to noon educates parents and their children about safe practices around water and drowning prevention through interactive demonstrations.
An official with the Porter County Health Department said Friday that officials are trying to determine if Fairhaven Baptist Church met state lifeguard requirements when a Chicago boy drowned in a church pool on July 4.
Here's the background: Ryan Widmer was convicted of drowning his wife in the bathtub of their Hamilton Township home in 2008.
A few have been captured and killed by Islamic State fighters or drowned on the treacherous Mediterranean crossing.
Autopsy results showed that a 12-year-old Chicago boy drowned Tuesday in a pool that's part of the Fairhaven Baptist Church complex in Chesterton, officials said.
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Origin and Etymology of drown
Middle English drounen
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
DROWN Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of drown for Students
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
Medical Definition of drown
intransitive verb: 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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