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English definition of “drowning”

drowning

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈdraʊn.ɪŋ/ us  
(a) death caused by being underwater and not being able to breathe: There were three drownings in the lake last year.Death and dying
(Definition of drowning from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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