Definition of drown
: to become drowned
1 a : 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
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
4 a : to drive out (as a sensation or an idea) <drowned his sorrows in liquor> b : overwhelm
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.
Origin and Etymology of drown
Middle English drounen
First Known Use: 14th century
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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