1 pipe/hole that dirty water goes down
blocked (esp. BrE), clogged (AmE)
block (esp. BrE), clog (AmE)
clear, unblock (BrE), unclog (AmE)

They were busy laying the drains for the new houses.


a bottle of drain cleaner

2 sth that uses up time/money/resources
heavy, major, serious
emotional, energy
cash, financial

scientists joining the brain drain (= moving to a country where they can work in better conditions and earn more)

drain on

These losses have been a major drain on the company's resources.

1 make sth empty/dry
thoroughly, well

Remove the artichokes, drain thoroughly and allow to cool.

well-drained soil


The soil is poorly drained.

quickly, slowly
away, out

The water quickly drained away down the sink.

The surgeon drains out any excess fluid.

out of

The blood drains out of the body.

2 make sb/sth weaker, poorer, etc.
completely, totally, utterly
emotionally, mentally, physically

The country's coal reserves are being drained away.


His voice was utterly drained of emotion.

out of

Her energy seemed to drain out of her.

be drained, feel drained

Sue felt exhausted and emotionally drained.

Drain is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑anger, ↑blood, ↑colour, ↑confidence, ↑strength, ↑tributary
Drain is used with these nouns as the object: ↑abscess, ↑battery, ↑beaker, ↑bean, ↑can, ↑coffee, ↑cup, ↑energy, ↑fat, ↑fluid, ↑glass, ↑liquid, ↑marsh, ↑mug, ↑pasta, ↑pint, ↑pond, ↑pool, ↑purse, ↑resource, ↑rice, ↑soil, ↑spaghetti, ↑tank, ↑tub, ↑water, ↑will

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