From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdraindrain1 /dreɪn/ ●●○ verb 1 LIQUIDliquid a) [transitive]DFTA to make the water or liquid in something flow away The swimming pool is drained and cleaned every winter.drain something from something Brad drained all the oil from the engine. Can you drain the spaghetti, please (=pour away the water from the pan)? b) [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]POUR if liquid drains away, it flows awaydrain away/off/from I watched the bath water drain away. c) [intransitive]TAEMPTY if something drains, the liquid that is in it or on it flows away and it becomes dry Open ditches drain very efficiently. She washed up and left the dishes to drain.well-drained/poorly-drained soil (=soil from which water flows away quickly or slowly) This plant needs rich, well-drained soil.2 make somebody tiredMAKE TIRED [transitive]TIRED to make someone feel very tired and without any energy Working with children all day really drains you.3 use too muchUSE TOO MUCH [transitive]USE/CONSUME to use too much of something, especially money, so that there is not enough left Huge imports were draining the country’s currency reserves.4 → the colour/blood drains from somebody’s face/cheeks5 → drain a glass/cup etc → drain away → drain something ↔ off→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusdrain• With a slotted utensil, remove to paper towels to drain.• Yet they are quick to drain and dry.• A week later, the pond was drained and the fish were inspected.• The federal insurance fund has been drained by recent bank failures.• Hurriedly draining her cup, she reached for her purse.• He drained his brandy, and signaled for two more.• Jim drained his glass then offered to buy everyone another one.• Listening to customers' complaints all day really drains me.• To remove algae from your aquarium, drain off the water and wash the tank thoroughly.• Everything had been drained out of me by then, and my eyes were already shut.• The police even drained the lake in their search for the body.• This was needed as the heat was draining the walkers very quickly.• When cooked, drain well and add to the chicken mixture.• And to leave before both cups had been drained would only offend her.drain away/off/from• Cook the minced beef in a saucepan over a high heat until browned. Drain off any fat.• Dry-fry the bacon in a non-stick pan until almost tender but without colour. Drain off any fat.• Cook ground beef, and drain off fat.• Now he could hardly see the trail, even when he was among the trees and the glare had drained from his eyes.• Blanche eased herself up and Dexter watched the tension start to drain from Lancaster's body.• I got blue circles under my eyes, and the color drained from my face.• In that excavation, however, the water was not drained from the cofferdam.• The waste water would be drained away through a 2,000-foot tunnel, 150 feet below the river level.