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Date: 1200-1300
Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language

drown

verb
     
Related topics: Colours and Sounds, Death, Water
drown
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.
drown yourself
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.
3 [transitive] 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
drown in
Relief agencies are drowning in frustration.
The country is drowning in debt.
5

drown your sorrows

DFD to drink a lot of alcohol in order to forget your problems

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