- 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. CollocationsCookingPreparing prepare a dish/a meal/a menu/dinner/the fish weigh out 100g/4oz of sugar/the ingredients wash/rinse the lettuce/spinach/watercress 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 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/(British English) the grill/(North American English) the broiler bring to (British English) the boil/(North American English) 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/sugar brown the meat for 8–20 minutes drain the pasta/the water from the pot/in a colander mash the potatoes/banana/avocadoWays of cooking cook food/fish/meat/rice/pasta/a Persian dish bake (a loaf of) bread/a cake/(especially North American English) cookies/(British English) biscuits/a pie/potatoes/fish/scones/muffins boil cabbage/potatoes/an egg/water fry/deep-fry/stir-fry the chicken/vegetables grill meat/steak/chicken/sausages/a hot dog roast potatoes/peppers/meat/chicken/lamb sauté garlic/mushrooms/onions/potatoes/vegetables steam rice/vegetables/spinach/asparagus/dumplings toast bread/nuts microwave food/popcorn/(British English) a ready mealServing serve in a glass/on a bed of rice/with potatoes arrange the slices on a plate/in a layer carve the meat/lamb/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[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 colour drained from his face when I told him the news drain of something His face drained of colour.
- 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[transitive] to make somebody/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. Word Origin Old English drēahnian, drēhnian ‘strain (liquid)’, of Germanic origin; related to dry.Extra examples All the blood drained from her face. Her energy seemed to drain out of her. His face was drained of colour. His voice was utterly drained of emotion. I drained off all the excess water. I felt the courage draining out of me. Remove the artichokes, drain thoroughly and allow to cool. Sue felt exhausted and emotionally drained. The blood drains out of the body. The country’s coal reserves are being drained away. The surgeon drains out any excess fluid. The water has all drained away. The water quickly drained away down the sink. well-drained soil All the colour drained from his face when I told him the news. It was an exhausting and draining experience. My mother’s hospital expenses were slowly draining away my income. The experience left her emotionally drained. Then the water drains out, leaving a film of wet mud. We had to drain the oil out of the tank. You will need to turn off the water and drain the tank.
BrE BrE//dreɪn//; NAmE NAmE//dreɪn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they drain
BrE BrE//dreɪn//; NAmE NAmE//dreɪn//he / she / it drains
BrE BrE//dreɪnz//; NAmE NAmE//dreɪnz//past simple drained
BrE BrE//dreɪnd//; NAmE NAmE//dreɪnd//past participle drained
BrE BrE//dreɪnd//; NAmE NAmE//dreɪnd//-ing form draining
BrE BrE//ˈdreɪnɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdreɪnɪŋ//