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verb drain pronunciation in British English /dreɪn/
Word Forms
present tense
present participledraining
past tensedrained
past participledrained
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  1. 1
    [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.
    1. a.
      [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.
  2. 2
    [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.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to drink all the liquid in a container
    They all rose and drained their glasses.
  4. 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.


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