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Definition of drain verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they drain
    he / she / it drains
    past simple drained
    -ing form draining
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] drain (something) to make something empty or dry by removing all the liquid from it; to become empty or dry in this way Drain and rinse the pasta. The marshes have been drained. You will need to drain the central heating system before you replace the radiator. The swimming pool drains very slowly. Leave the dishes to drain. Topic CollocationsCookingpreparing prepare a dish/a meal/a menu/dinner/the fish weigh out 4oz of sugar/the ingredients wash/rinse the lettuce/spinach chop/slice/dice the carrots/onions/potatoes peel the carrots/onion/potatoes/garlic/orange grate a carrot/the cheese/some nutmeg remove/discard the bones/seeds/skin/rind/peel blend/combine/mix (together) the flour and water/all the ingredients beat/whisk the cream/eggs/egg whites knead/shape/roll (out) the doughcooking heat the oil in a frying pan preheat/heat the oven/the broiler bring to a boil stir constantly/gently with a wooden spoon reduce the heat simmer gently for 20 minutes/until reduced by half melt the butter/chocolate/cheese dissolve the sugar in water brown the meat for 8-10 minutes drain the pasta/the water from the pot/in a colander/in a strainer mash the potatoes/banana/avocadoways of cooking cook food/fish/meat/rice/pasta/a Mexican dish bake (a loaf of) bread/a cake/a pie/potatoes/muffins/cookies/fish boil cabbage/potatoes/an egg/a hot dog/water fry/deep-fry/stir-fry the chicken/vegetables broil meat/steak/chicken/sausages roast potatoes/peppers/meat/chicken/beef sauté garlic/mushrooms/onions/potatoes/vegetables steam rice/vegetables/spinach/asparagus/dumplings toast bread/nuts microwave food/popcorn/a frozen dinner/a TV dinnerserving serve in a glass/on a bed of rice/with potatoes arrange the slices on a plate/in layers carve the meat/chicken/turkey dress/toss a salad dress with/drizzle with olive oil/vinaigrette top with a slice of lemon/a scoop of ice cream/whipped cream/syrup garnish with a sprig of parsley/fresh basil leaves/lemon wedges/a slice of lime/a twist of orange sprinkle with salt/sugar/herbs/parsley/freshly ground black pepper
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] to make liquid flow away from something; to flow away drain something (from/out of something) We had to drain the oil out of the engine. drain something away/off Drain off the excess fat from the meat. drain away/off She pulled out the plug and the water drained away. (figurative) My anger slowly drained away. drain into something The river drains into a lake. drain from/out of something All the color drained from his face when I told him the news drain of something His face was drained of color.
  3. 3[transitive] drain something to empty a cup or glass by drinking everything in it In one gulp, he drained the glass. She quickly drained the last of her drink.
  4. 4[transitive] to make someone or something weaker, poorer, etc. by using up their/its strength, money, etc. drain somebody/something My mother's hospital expenses were slowly draining my income. an exhausting and draining experience drain somebody/something of something I felt drained of energy.
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