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Definition of drown verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they drown
    he / she / it drowns
    past simple drowned
    -ing form drowning
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to die because you have been underwater too long and you cannot breathe; to kill someone in this way Two children drowned after falling into the river. He had attempted to rescue the drowning man. drown somebody/something/yourself She tried to drown herself. He was drowned at sea. They had drowned the unwanted kittens.
  2. 2[transitive] drown something (in something) to make something very wet; to completely cover something in water or another liquid synonym drench The fruit was drowned in cream.
  3. 3[transitive] drown somebody/something (out) (of a sound) to be louder than other sounds so that you cannot hear them She turned up the radio to drown out the noise from next door.
  4. Idioms
    drown your fears/loneliness/sorrows, etc. (especially humorous)
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    to get drunk in order to forget your problems
    like a drowned rat (especially humorous)
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    very wet and messy Come inside—you look like a drowned rat!
noun [uncountable, countable] death by drowning Alcohol plays a part in an estimated 30% of drownings.
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