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verb drill pronunciation in American English /drɪl/
Word Forms
present tense
present participledrilling
past tensedrilled
past participledrilled
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to make a hole using a special tool or machine
    drill something in something:

    Drill two holes in the wall.

    drill through:

    They had to drill through the mountainside.

    drill for oil/gas:

    They are drilling for oil in the area.

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  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if soldiers drill, or if they are drilled, they practice things such as marching or holding weapons
  3. 3
    [transitive] to teach someone by making them repeat something many times
    drill someone in/on something:

    Trainers will be drilling new members of the cabin crew on safety procedures.

  4. 4
    [transitive] mainly journalism to kick or hit a ball hard
  5. 5
    [transitive] to plant seeds in lines
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to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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