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noun American English pronunciation: drain /dreɪn/ 
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singulardrain
pluraldrains
  1. 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.

  2. 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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