Meaning of “drown” in the English Dictionary

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"drown" in British English

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uk /draʊn/ us /draʊn/

drown verb (DIE)

B2 [ I or T ] to (cause to) die by being unable to breathe underwater:

He drowned in a boating accident.
Many animals were drowned by the tidal wave.

More examples

  • The gardens are said to be haunted by the ghost of a child who drowned in the river.
  • He fell into the river and drowned.
  • I'd have drowned if he hadn't happened along and pulled me out of the river.
  • Police fear that the couple may have drowned.
  • If it wasn't for the life jacket, I would have drowned.

(Definition of “drown” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"drown" in American English

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drownverb [ I/T ]

us /drɑʊn/

to die by being under water and unable to breathe, or to kill someone by causing this to happen:

[ I ] He drowned in a boating accident.

to have or experience too much of something:

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “drown” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)