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drain

drain

 
 
pronunciation:
dreIn
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
phrases:
down the drain
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: drained, draining, drains
definition 1: to remove a liquid from, esp. by means of flow through a pipe.
Should I drain the bathtub?
similar words:
bleed, broach, draw, exhaust, pump, sap, siphon, sluice, tap
definition 2: to gradually remove (a liquid).
She drained the antifreeze from her car radiator.
similar words:
discharge, empty, remove, tap, withdraw
definition 3: to make empty by drinking the contents of.
He drained his glass in one gulp.
synonyms:
drink, finish off
similar words:
consume, down, empty, polish off
definition 4: to cause to be used up; exhaust.
The hard labor drained his strength.
synonyms:
deplete, exhaust, spend, use up, waste
antonyms:
replenish
similar words:
enervate, milk, sap
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to flow away a little at a time.
The child watched the water drain out of the bathtub.
synonyms:
ooze, trickle
similar words:
dribble, drip, effuse, exude, flow, leak
definition 2: to be emptied of a liquid.
The clog wouldn't allow the bathtub to drain.
synonyms:
empty out
similar words:
bleed, discharge, tear
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a device, such as a pipe, by means of which a liquid is drained.
There is a clog somewhere in the drain.
 
synonyms:
conduit, pipe, siphon, tube
similar words:
culvert, outlet, pump, tap
definition 2: a continuous and gradual depletion.
Leaving the interior light on caused a drain on the car's battery.The war caused a drain on the male population in the countryside.
synonyms:
decrement, dwindling, expenditure
similar words:
consumption, dissipation, erosion, shrinkage, usage
definition 3: the cause of a continuous and gradual depletion.
Doctors' bills are a drain on our savings.
synonyms:
consumer
similar words:
expenditure, expense
definition 4: the act or process of draining.
synonyms:
bleeding, tapping
similar words:
discharge, emptying
phrase: down the drain
derivations: drainable (adj.), drainer (n.)
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