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drown

drown

 
 
pronunciation:
draUn
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: drowned, drowning, drowns
definition: to die from lack of oxygen as the result of submersion in a liquid, esp. water.
Two people who swam in the prohibited areas drowned last year.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to kill by submerging in a liquid, esp. water.
The police suspect that she drowned the child.
definition 2: to lessen the perceived loudness of with a louder noise (usu. fol. by out).
The clapping of the audience drowned out the voice of the speaker.
synonyms:
muffle, mute
definition 3: to try to deaden (sorrow or grief) with alcoholic drink.
Alone with a bottle of whiskey, he drowned his sorrow.
similar words:
deaden
derivation: drowner (n.)
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