- 1[intransitive, transitive] to die because you have been underwater too long and you cannot breathe; to kill somebody 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[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[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. Word Origin Middle English (originally northern): related to Old Norse drukkna
BrE BrE//draʊn//; NAmE NAmE//draʊn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they drown
BrE BrE//draʊn//; NAmE NAmE//draʊn//he / she / it drowns
BrE BrE//draʊnz//; NAmE NAmE//draʊnz//past simple drowned
BrE BrE//draʊnd//; NAmE NAmE//draʊnd//past participle drowned
BrE BrE//draʊnd//; NAmE NAmE//draʊnd//-ing form drowning
BrE BrE//ˈdraʊnɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdraʊnɪŋ//