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DROWN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does drown mean? 

DROWN (verb)
  The verb DROWN has 4 senses:

1. cover completely or make imperceptible
2. get rid of as if by submerging
3. die from being submerged in water, getting water into the lungs, and asphyxiating
4. kill by submerging in water

  Familiarity information: DROWN used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DROWN (verb)


Sense 1drown [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cover completely or make imperceptible

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

drown; submerge; overwhelm

Context examples:

I was drowned in work / The noise drowned out her speech

Hypernyms (to "drown" is one way to...):

cover; spread over (form a cover over)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Also:

drown out (make imperceptible)


Sense 2drown [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Get rid of as if by submerging

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

She drowned her trouble in alcohol

Hypernyms (to "drown" is one way to...):

do away with; eliminate; get rid of (terminate or take out)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 3drown [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Die from being submerged in water, getting water into the lungs, and asphyxiating

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

The child drowned in the lake

Hypernyms (to "drown" is one way to...):

buy the farm; cash in one's chips; choke; conk; croak; decease; die; drop dead; exit; expire; give-up the ghost; go; kick the bucket; pass; pass away; perish; pop off; snuff it (pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 4drown [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Kill by submerging in water

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

He drowned the kittens

Hypernyms (to "drown" is one way to...):

kill (cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They want to drown the prisoners


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