|Origin:||Probably from a Scandinavian language|
1 [intransitive and transitive]MXTTW
to die from being under water for too long, or to kill someone in this way:
Many people drowned when the boat overturned.
Jane was drowned in the river.
Depressed, Peter tried to drown himself.
2 also drown out [transitive]C
if a loud noise drowns out another sound, it prevents it from being heard:
A train blew its whistle and drowned his voice.
The noise of the battle was drowned out by his aircraft's engine.
to cover something, especially food, with more liquid than is necessary or nice
drown something in something
The fish was drowned in a rich sauce.
4 [intransitive and transitive]
to have a very strong feeling or a serious problem that is difficult to deal with
Relief agencies are drowning in frustration.
The country is drowning in debt.
to drink a lot of alcohol in order to forget your problems