drown

verb
\ ˈdrau̇n How to pronounce drown (audio) \
drowned\ ˈdrau̇nd How to pronounce drowned (audio) \; drowning\ ˈdrau̇-​niŋ How to pronounce drowning (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 outturned 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 The generator shook and roared, drowning out the macaws that flew overhead. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Blood Gold in the Brazilian Rain Forest," 4 Nov. 2019 These references were meant to foreshadow that Oliver would drown. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Call Me by Your Name Dream Continues," 4 Nov. 2019 Many, however, did boo his presence. While the President walked in, the PA system in the stadium loudly cranked out rock and roll music, drowning out much of the crowd’s reaction. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "President Donald Trump met with mixed reaction at UFC 244, protests outside arena," 3 Nov. 2019 Enemies were crucified, burned alive, drowned in cages, beheaded with slow saws, while everything was filmed and posted online for the world to observe and dread. The Economist, "Obituary: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died on October 26th," 2 Nov. 2019 The biggest draw to the Pro earbuds is noise cancellation -- a feature that impressively drowned out sirens and traffic during my busy commute. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, "AirPods Pro: A $249 product so good you're willing to risk losing it," 1 Nov. 2019 At the bottom of the pitchers are digestive fluids in which the prey drown and slowly decompose—enabling these carnivorous plants to thrive in nutrient-poor areas. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "This deep-sea fish's expandable stomach can hold huge meals," 30 Oct. 2019 Early experiments, which involved drowning and dissecting animals, yielded valuable insights into the relationship between respiration and physiology. Jeanne Dorin Mcdowell, Smithsonian, "The Science Behind Hollywood’s Movie Monsters," 28 Oct. 2019 Anastasio sang about drowning in bitterness, memories, anger and regret. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Trey Anastasio brings sentimental journey to Indianapolis," 27 Oct. 2019

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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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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of drown was in the 14th century

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drown

verb
How to pronounce drown (audio)

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