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Definition of drill verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    drill

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//drɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//drɪl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they drill
    BrE BrE//drɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//drɪl//
     
    he / she / it drills
    BrE BrE//drɪlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//drɪlz//
     
    past simple drilled
    BrE BrE//drɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//drɪld//
     
    past participle drilled
    BrE BrE//drɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//drɪld//
     
    -ing form drilling
    BrE BrE//ˈdrɪlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdrɪlɪŋ//
     
    The power industry, Language skills, Manufacturing
     
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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. See related entries: The power industry, Manufacturing
  2. 2[transitive] to teach somebody 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 a well-drilled team drill somebody in something Recruits are drilled in basic techniques over the five-day course. Recruits were thoroughly drilled in all aspects of military procedure. See related entries: Language skills
  3. 3[transitive] drill somebody to train soldiers to perform military actions The soldiers were being drilled outside the barracks.
  4. Word Originverb early 17th cent.: from Middle Dutch drillen ‘bore, turn in a circle’. Phrasal Verbsdrill downdrill something into somebody
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