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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DROWN, v.t.
1. Literally, to overwhelm in water; an appropriately, to extinguish life by immersion in water or other fluid; applied to animals; also, to suspend animation by submersion.
2. To overwhelm in water; as, to drown weeds.
3. To overflow; to deluge; to inundate; as, to drown land.
4. To immerse; to plunge and lose; to overwhelm; as, to drown ones self in sensual pleasure.
5. To overwhelm; to overpower.
My private voice is drowned amid the senate.
DROWN, v.i. To be suffocated in water or other fluid; to perish in water.
Methought what pain it was to drown.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

v
1: cover completely or make imperceptible; "I was drowned in work"; "The noise drowned out her speech" [syn: submerge, drown, overwhelm]
2: get rid of as if by submerging; "She drowned her trouble in alcohol"
3: die from being submerged in water, getting water into the lungs, and asphyxiating; "The child drowned in the lake"
4: kill by submerging in water; "He drowned the kittens"
5: be covered with or submerged in a liquid; "the meat was swimming in a fatty gravy" [syn: swim, drown]

Merriam Webster's

verb (drowned; drowning) Etymology: Middle English drounen Date: 14th century intransitive verb to become drowned transitive verb 1. a. to suffocate by submersion especially in water b. to submerge especially by a rise in the water level <villages drowned by the flooding river> c. to soak, drench, or cover with a liquid 2. to engage (oneself) deeply and strenuously <drowned himself in work> 3. to cause (a sound) not to be heard by making a loud noise usually used with out 4. a. to drive out (as a sensation or an idea) <drowned his sorrows in liquor> b. overwhelm

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. 1 tr. & intr. kill or be killed by submersion in liquid. 2 tr. submerge; flood; drench (drowned the fields in six feet of water). 3 tr. (often foll. by in) deaden (grief etc.) with drink (drowned his sorrows in drink). 4 tr. (often foll. by out) make (a sound) inaudible by means of a louder sound. Phrases and idioms: drowned valley a valley partly or wholly submerged by a change in land-levels. drown out drive out by flood. like a drowned rat colloq. extremely wet and bedraggled. Etymology: ME (orig. north.) drun(e), droun(e), perh. f. OE drunian (unrecorded), rel. to DRINK

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Drown Drown, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Drowned; p. pr. & vb. n. Drowning.] [OE. drunen, drounen, earlier drunknen, druncnien, AS. druncnian to be drowned, sink, become drunk, fr. druncen drunken. See Drunken, Drink.] To be suffocated in water or other fluid; to perish in water. Methought, what pain it was to drown. --Shak.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Drown Drown, v. t. 1. To overwhelm in water; to submerge; to inundate. ``They drown the land.'' --Dryden. 2. To deprive of life by immersion in water or other liquid. 3. To overpower; to overcome; to extinguish; -- said especially of sound. Most men being in sensual pleasures drowned. --Sir J. Davies. My private voice is drowned amid the senate. --Addison. To drown up, to swallow up. [Obs.] --Holland.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(drowns, drowning, drowned) 1. When someone drowns or is drowned, they die because they have gone or been pushed under water and cannot breathe. A child can drown in only a few inches of water... Last night a boy was drowned in the river... He walked into the sea and drowned himself... Dolphins have sometimes been known to save drowning swimmers. VERB: V, be V-ed, V pron-refl, V-ing 2. If you say that a person or thing is drowning in something, you are emphasizing that they have a very large amount of it, or are completely covered in it. ...people who gradually find themselves drowning in debt... The potatoes were drowned in chilli. VERB: V in n, be V-ed [emphasis] 3. If something drowns a sound, it is so loud that you cannot hear that sound properly. Clapping drowned the speaker's words for a moment... VERB: V n Drown out means the same as drown. Their cheers drowned out the protests of demonstrators... PHRASAL VERB: V P n (not pron) 4. If you say that someone is drowning their sorrows, you mean that they are drinking alcohol in order to forget something sad or upsetting that has happened to them. PHRASE: V inflects

Easton's Bible Dictionary

(Ex. 15:4; Amos 8:8; Heb. 11:29). Drowning was a mode of capital punishment in use among the Syrians, and was known to the Jews in the time of our Lord. To this he alludes in Matt. 18:6.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. 1. Suffocate in water. 2. Overflow, inundate, deluge, overwhelm, flood. 3. Overcome, overpower. II. v. n. Be drowned.

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