drown

verb
\ ˈdrau̇n How to pronounce drown (audio) \
drowned\ ˈdrau̇nd How to pronounce drown (audio) \; drowning\ ˈdrau̇-​niŋ How to pronounce drown (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 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 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 But this is still a fairly small number in the grand scheme of things, and instead these just drown out all the other discussions of the day. Peter Suciu, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 That was particularly true in the burrito, where the double-starch bomb of tortilla and rice — plus beans — could drown out the beef’s complex flavors and springy-crisp texture. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 The New York City health department knows some rats drown when there is severe flooding, but as the city doesn't take rat censuses, there is no data on how many, spokesperson Michael Lanza said. Amanda Schupak, CNN, 19 Sep. 2021 Why doesn’t Aretha remember having to rush to the roof and sing loudly with her sisters as children in order to drown out her parents fighting? New York Times, 25 Aug. 2021 Sony Most college students will benefit from a decent pair of noise-canceling headphones to drown out roommate chatter while studying or to simply relax. Medea Giordano, Wired, 11 Aug. 2021 The song can be an anthem for broken hearts or simply an empowering reggaetón banger to help drown out your sorrows. Billboard, 5 Aug. 2021 She was also attacked on Instagram, where fans have organized themselves to support her against the abuse, leaving encouraging comments and tagging her in positive posts to drown out hate messages. Nectar Gan, CNN, 30 July 2021 Throughout most of the news conference, a protester blew a whistle, not loudly enough to drown out the words, but loud enough to annoy lawmakers and their aides. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, 28 July 2021

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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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“Drown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drown. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for drown

drown

verb

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