Drain - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dreɪn|  American pronunciation of the word drain
Brit.  |dreɪn|  British pronunciation of the word drain


- emptying something accomplished by allowing liquid to run out of it (syn: drainage)
- tube inserted into a body cavity (as during surgery) to remove unwanted material
- a pipe through which liquid is carried away (syn: drainpipe)
- a gradual depletion of energy or resources


- flow off gradually
- deplete of resources
- empty of liquid; drain the liquid from
- make weak(syn: debilitate, enfeeble)


Drain the canned tomatoes before adding them to the pot.

The swamp has been drained.

I was waiting for the bathtub to drain.

The river drains into a lake.

Years of civil war have drained the country's resources.

The city's emergency fund has been drained.

I feel totally drained of energy this evening.

The drain in the bathtub is blocked.

The treasury was drained by his Norman wars.

The blood drained from his face when he heard the news.

It is impossible to pass there until the water drains.

This land won't drain.

Which caused no drain on the revenue of the state.

Several drains will be fishable tomorrow.

The main drain of the country is the Kongo.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: drain
he/she/it: drains
present participle: draining
past tense: drained
past participle: drained
singular: drain
plural: drains
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