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
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.
Troopers assigned to the Marine Patrol Division also are investigating one drowning on Lewis Smith Lake in Winston County.
On the eve of the one-year anniversary of her daughter’s drowning death, Lori Cerami asked Carroll school board members to press for higher safety standards at the Carroll Aquatics Center.
In the painting Resurrection of the Waitress, an angel pulls a drowning housewife into the sky with an eggbeater.
Piercy was going 39.1 to 43.7 mph just before Brandon Ellingson left the boat and drowned May 31.
Unable to scramble up steep banks, thousands drown in a mass panic or get picked off by crocodiles.
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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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