I UK [dreɪn] / US verb
Word forms "drain":
present tense I/you/we/they drain he/she/it drains present participle draining past tense drained past participle drained
a) [transitive] to let liquid flow away from something

When the pasta is cooked, drain it and serve immediately.

All water tanks and pipes should be drained.

drain something from something:

Drain all the syrup from the tins.

b) [intransitive] if liquid drains from something, it flows away
drain away/off:

Put the steaks on a rack to let the fat drain off.

Rainwater causes flooding when it can't drain away.

a) [transitive] to get rid of the water in an area of land so that it can be used for farming or building on

The marshes have now been completely drained.

b) [intransitive] if land or soil drains, water flows out of it so that it is not too wet
3) [transitive] to drink all the liquid in a container

They all rose and drained their glasses.

4) [transitive] to use so much of someone's energy or strength etc that they feel very tired or weak
5) [intransitive] if the blood or colour drains from someone's face, their face quickly becomes very pale, for example because they are shocked
6) [intransitive] if a feeling drains from you, it goes away so that you do not feel it any more
7) [transitive] to use so much of something such as money or supplies that there is not enough available for other things

Fighting legal battles is draining the company's resources.

Nouns frequently used with drain
▪  finances, funds, profits, reserves, resources
II UK [dreɪn] / US noun
Word forms "drain":
singular drain plural drains
a) [countable] a pipe or passage through which water or waste liquid flows away

The drain's blocked again.

b) the drains
[plural] the system of pipes and passages that take away water or waste liquid in a town or city
2) [singular] something that uses a lot of something such as money or supplies
drain on:

The war was becoming a serious drain on the nation's resources.

3) [singular] a situation in which a lot of people or things leave a country or organization
drain of:

The government pledged to stop the drain of capital overseas.

4) [countable] medical a tube that carries liquid away from your body, for example one that carries blood away from an injury

a chest drain

English dictionary. 2014.


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  • Drain — Drain, v. i. 1. To flow gradually; as, the water of low ground drains off. [1913 Webster] 2. To become emptied of liquor by flowing or dropping; as, let the vessel stand and drain. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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