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English verb: drown

1. drown (contact) cover completely or make imperceptible

SamplesI was drowned in work.
The noise drowned out her speech.

Synonymsoverwhelm, submerge

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cover, spread over

2. drown (change) get rid of as if by submerging

SamplesShe drowned her trouble in alcohol.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)do away with, eliminate, extinguish, get rid of

3. drown (change) die from being submerged in water, getting water into the lungs, and asphyxiating

SamplesThe child drowned in the lake.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)buy the farm, cash in one's chips, choke, conk, croak, decease, die, drop dead, exit, expire, give-up the ghost, go, kick the bucket, pass, pass away, perish, pop off, snuff it

4. drown (change) kill by submerging in water

SamplesHe drowned the kittens.

ExamplesThey want to drown the prisoners

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)kill

5. drown (stative) be covered with or submerged in a liquid

SamplesThe meat was swimming in a fatty gravy.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)be

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