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drain

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of drain

  1. 1 to remove (liquid) gradually or completely we drained the water from the tank before cleaning it Synonyms of drain bleed, draft, draw (off), pump, siphon (also syphon), tap Words Related to drain milk; suck; clear, empty, evacuate, exhaust, vacate, vacuate, void; decant, effuse; deplete; clean, flush, purge Near Antonyms of drain bathe, douse (also dowse), drench, soak, souse, wash, water, wet; deluge, drown, flood, inundate, overflow; submerge, swamp Antonyms of drain fill

  2. 2 to make complete use of virtually drained the country's natural resources Synonyms of drain absorb, burn, consume, devour, deplete, draw down, exhaust, expend, play out, spend, use upWords Related to drain abate, decrease, de-escalate, diminish, downsize, dwindle, lessen, lower, reduce; eat, use; bankrupt, clean (out), impoverish; cripple, debilitate, disable, enfeeble, sap, undermine, weaken; dry up, empty; blow, dissipate, fritter (away), guzzle, lavish, misspend, run through, squander, throw away, wasteNear Antonyms of drain augment, enlarge, increase; bolster, enforce, fortify, reinforce (also reenforce), strengthen; rebuild, repair, restore, revive; conserve, preserve, saveAntonyms of drain renew, replace

  3. 3 to use up all the physical energy of the long hike drained us Synonyms of drain break, burn out, bust, do in, do up, exhaust, fag, fatigue, frazzle, harass, kill, knock out, outwear, tire, tucker (out), wash out, wear, wear out, wearyWords Related to drain debilitate, enervate, enfeeble, sap, waste, weakenNear Antonyms of drain activate, energize, invigorate, rejuvenate, strengthen, vitalize; relax, rest, unwind

Synonym Discussion of drain

deplete, drain, exhaust, impoverish, bankrupt mean to deprive of something essential to existence or potency. deplete implies a reduction in number or quantity so as to endanger the ability to function.
    • depleting our natural resources
drain implies a gradual withdrawal and ultimate deprivation of what is necessary to an existence.
    • personal tragedy had drained him of all spirit
exhaust stresses a complete emptying.
    • her lecture exhausted the subject
impoverish suggests a deprivation of something essential to richness or productiveness.
    • impoverished soil
bankrupt suggests impoverishment to the point of imminent collapse.
    • war had bankrupted the nation of resources

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