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
The riotous hoots of nearby youngsters threatened to drown out his comments, but Mark Lee was unfazed.
Park rangers report that an 18-year-old visitor drowned Friday afternoon while swimming with friends at the Little River Canyon National Preserve near Fort Payne.
Most drowning deaths for young U.S. children occur in home swimming pools.
If the United States pulled out, what would be the message to countries in Africa that could suffer most from global warming and nations like Fiji that are drowning under rising sea levels?
Brendan’s brain showed an abnormality consistent with oxygen deprivation that can be caused by asphyxiation, drowning or strangulation, but it couldn’t be determined which of those led to his death.
Since the GLSRP started tracking deaths in 2010, 554 people have drowned in the Great Lakes.
The best reports show at least 110 died of disease, 24 were killed in action, 13 died of wounds, one drowned in the Mississippi and one was accidentally shot, and more than 500 Civil War veterans are buried in Porter County, Pazour said.
But whatever few complaints there were vanished in the hip-hop beats emanating from bars on Ocean Drive, occasionally drowned out by the deafening boom of military aircraft flying overhead just off the shore of South Beach.
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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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