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  1. drain
    IPA[drān]
  2. verb

    • 1. cause the water or other liquid in (something) to run out, leaving it empty, dry, or drier:

      we drained the swimming pool
      Synonym : empty (out), remove the contents of, void, clear (out), unload, evacuate
    • 2. cause or allow (liquid) to run off or out of something:

      fry the pork and drain off any excess fat
      Synonym : draw off, extract, withdraw, remove, pump off, siphon off, milk, bleed, tap, void, filter, pour out, pour off, tip, discharge, transfer
    • 3. make (land) drier by providing channels for water to flow away in:

      the land was drained and the boggy ground reclaimed
    • 4. (of a river) carry off the superfluous water from (a district):

      the stream drains a wide moorland above the waterfall
    • 5. (of water or another liquid) flow away from, out of, or into something:

      the river drains into the Pacific Polly felt the blood drain from her face
    • 6. become dry or drier as liquid runs off or away:

      dishes left to drain the plant should be watered well and allowed to drain
    • 7. (of a person) drink the entire contents of (a glass or other container):

      he seized the Scotch set before him and drained it
      Synonym : drink (up/down), gulp (down), guzzle, quaff, down, imbibe, sup, slurp, suck, sip, swallow, finish off, polish off, sink, swig, swill (down), toss off, slug, knock back, put away, kill, neck, get one's laughing gear round, scarf (down/up), snarf (down/up), chug, ingurgitate
    • 8. (of a feeling or emotion) become progressively less strongly felt:

      gradually the tension and stress drained away
    • 9. deprive of strength or vitality:

      his limbs were drained of all energy Ruth slumped down in her seat, drained by all that had happened
    • 10. cause (money, energy, or another valuable resource) to be lost, wasted, or used up:

      my mother's hospital bills are draining my income
      Synonym : use up, exhaust, deplete, consume, expend, swallow up, absorb, get through, go through, run through, take up, occupy, empty, sap, strain, tax, bleed
    • 11. (of a resource) be lost, wasted, or used up:

      all the money drained away from the town
    • 12. (of a player) hole (a putt):

      whenever he did hit a green, he drained the putt

    noun

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: drain, plural noun: drains

    • v.: verb: drain, 3rd person present: drains, gerund or present participle: draining, past tense: drained, past participle: drained

    • verb

      cause the water or other liquid in (something) to run out, leaving it empty or dry:

      cause or allow (liquid) to run off or out of something:

    • noun

      a channel or pipe carrying off surplus liquid, especially rainwater or liquid waste.

      a frame of metal bars set in a road over the opening to a rainwater channel.

    • noun

      the emigration of highly trained or intelligent people from a particular country:
    • noun

      a drain built to carry away excess water in times of heavy rain.
    • noun

      an underground pipe for draining fields:
    • noun

      a very shallow drain set into a road or other surface:
    • noun

      a drain made of porous or perforated piping and placed in a gravel-filled trench, used for subsoil drainage.
    • noun

      the emigration of highly trained or qualified people from a particular country:
    • noun

      a drain built to carry away excess water in times of heavy rain.
    • experience a rapidly worsening situation apparently leading to failure or disaster
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