un·​drained ˌən-ˈdrānd How to pronounce undrained (audio)
: not emptied of liquid : not drained
an undrained can of tomatoes

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The boundaries of private property become a little porous, with authorized and unauthorized hunting on untenanted land, curious house-peeping and bushwhacking, and the unabashed use of summer residents’ undrained pools. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 17 Aug. 2022 Add the undrained, seasoned black beans and cumin and bring to a simmer. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 27 Apr. 2022 Combine drained tomatoes and the undrained can in a bowl with salt and oil. Carlo Mirarchi, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2021 If the label said not to drain, the tuna was left undrained. Bill Daley, chicagotribune.com, 19 Apr. 2018 The swamp remains undrained, the wall is unbuilt, there is no major infrastructure plan. Megan Mcardle, Bloomberg.com, 3 Nov. 2017 Pour the undrained tomatoes, enchilada sauce, and tomato sauce into the pan with 1/4 cup of each cheese. Gretchen Mckay, sacbee, 26 Sep. 2017 Depending on the wind, the air can be thick with the smell of undrained sewage. Edward Wong, New York Times, 8 Nov. 2016 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1573, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of undrained was in 1573

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“Undrained.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undrained. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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