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noun drain pronunciation in American English /dreɪn/
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singulardrain
pluraldrains
  1. 1
    [countable] a pipe or passage through which water or waste liquid flows away
    The drain’s blocked again.
  2. 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.
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  3. 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.
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  4. 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
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