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Definition of "drain" []

  • To draw off (a liquid) by a gradual process: drained water from the sink. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause liquid to go out from; empty: drained the bathtub; drain the pond. (verb-transitive)
  • To draw off the surface water of: The Mississippi River drains a vast area. (verb-transitive)
  • To drink all the contents of: drained the cup. (verb-transitive)
  • To deplete gradually, especially to the point of complete exhaustion. See Synonyms at deplete. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "drain" in a sentence
  • "Brain drain is still claiming Canadian doctors, but not our doctorals."
  • "She noted that the more typical "brain drain" is to the US, as Canadian professionals leave for greater income potential."
  • "If there is brain drain from a particular country, it can scarcely develop."