verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to be overwhelmed by: The company is drowning in bad debts.
- to be covered with or enveloped in: The old movie star was drowning in mink.
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Origin of drown
OTHER WORDS FROM drowndrowner, nounhalf-drowned, adjectivehalf-drowning, adjectiveun·drowned, adjective
Words nearby drown
How to use drown in a sentence
If they were submerged for longer, the plants might have drowned, Armitage notes.Soggy coastal soils? Here’s why ecologists love them|Alison Pearce Stevens|September 17, 2020|Science News For Students
One can imagine the captain of the Titanic insisting on pointing out that 900 people didn’t drown.The problem with Trump’s ‘herd mentality’ line isn’t the verbal flub. It’s the mass death.|Philip Bump|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
Any student of modern math must know what it feels like to drown in a well of telescoping terminology.Why Mathematicians Should Stop Naming Things After Each Other - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Laura Ball|September 2, 2020|Nautilus
Nala is Ophelia, Simba’s love, though thankfully she doesn’t go mad from being ignored by him and drown.
It could be how I so clearly remember the night I almost drowned.Towards ‘Eternal Sunshine’? New Links Found Between Memory and Emotion|Shelly Fan|July 28, 2020|Singularity Hub
It seems like, since we live in the sound bite era, grabby headlines like “EBOLA” and “ISIS” tend to drown out those numbers.Jon Stewart Talks ‘Rosewater’ and the ‘Chickensh-t’ Democrats’ Midterm Massacre|Marlow Stern|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Goldman, wisely, does not raise a raft of questions that drown a writer in the answering.
Watching her drown her sorrows in hooch and then get beat up by Crazy Eyes in the showers was ghastly…but great television.Inside ‘Orange Is the New Black’ S2, Eps. 6-12: About That Shocking Incest Scene|Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern|June 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If prioritizing guns over dead kids makes you angry, stand up and drown his words out with action.
The ice breaks, the Reds drown, the Whites rally to take the Island.This 1979 Novel Predicted Putin’s Invasion Of Crimea|Michael Weiss|May 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Consequently, I haven't been very bright, though I am gradually coming up to the surface again, for I'm pretty hard to drown!Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
He noticed the date on the hotel calendar, and realised that the Fates had another ten days in which to drown him.Uncanny Tales|Various
"If you had been Reff you wouldn't have run away and left me to drown," went on Coulter, stubbornly.The Mystery at Putnam Hall|Arthur M. Winfield
And the noise it makes is something terrific, I assure you—loud enough to drown half-a-dozen pianos.
She threatened to go beyond sea, to throw herself out of window, to drown herself.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
British Dictionary definitions for drown
Derived forms of drowndrowner, noun
Word Origin for drown
Idioms and Phrases with drown
In addition to the idioms beginning with drown
- drown one's sorrows
- drown out
- like a drowned rat