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Meaning of DROWN

Pronunciation:  drawn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  die from being submerged in water, getting water into the lungs, and asphyxiating; "The child drowned in the lake"
  2. [v]  get rid of as if by submerging; "She drowned her trouble in alcohol"
  3. [v]  kill by submerging in water; "He drowned the kittens"
  4. [v]  cover completely or make imperceptible; "I was drowned in work"; "The noise drowned out her speech"

DROWN is a 5 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: overwhelm, submerge
 See Also: cover, decease, die, do away with, drown out, eliminate, exit, expire, get rid of, go, kill, pass, pass away, perish, spread over



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.
    {To drown up}, to swallow up. [Obs.] --Holland.
Easton 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.

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