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noun drain pronunciation in British English /dreɪn/
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singulardrain
pluraldrains
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  1. 1
    [countable] a pipe or passage through which water or waste liquid flows away

    The drain’s blocked again.

    1. a.

      the drains

      [plural] the system of pipes and passages that take away water or waste liquid in a town or city
  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.

  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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