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verb     drain pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participledraining
past tensedrained
past participledrained
  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.

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

    They all rose and drained their glasses.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to use so much of someone’s energy or strength etc that they feel very tired or weak
  5. 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. 6
    [intransitive] if a feeling drains from you, it goes away so that you do not feel it any more
  7. 7
    [transitive] to use so much of something such as money or supplies that there is not enough available for other things
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