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Definition of drill verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they drill
    he / she / it drills
    past simple drilled
    -ing form drilling
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to make a hole in something, using a drill drill something Drill a series of holes in the frame. drill (for something) They're drilling for oil off the Irish coast. drill (through something) He drilled through the wall by mistake.
  2. 2[transitive] to teach someone to do something by making them repeat it a lot of times drill somebody to do something The children were drilled to leave the classroom quickly when the fire bell rang. drill somebody (in something) a well-drilled team
  3. 3[transitive] drill somebody to train soldiers to perform military actions The soldiers were being drilled outside the barracks.
  4. Phrasal Verbsdrill downdrill something into somebody
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