Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun drain

4 senses of drain

Sense 1
drain, drainage -- (emptying something accomplished by allowing liquid to run out of it)
       => emptying, voidance, evacuation -- (the act of removing the contents of something)

Sense 2
drain -- (tube inserted into a body cavity (as during surgery) to remove unwanted material)
       => tube, tubing -- (conduit consisting of a long hollow object (usually cylindrical) used to hold and conduct objects or liquids or gases)

Sense 3
drain, drainpipe, waste pipe -- (a pipe through which liquid is carried away)
       => pipe, pipage, piping -- (a long tube made of metal or plastic that is used to carry water or oil or gas etc.)

Sense 4
drain -- (a gradual depletion of energy or resources; "a drain on resources"; "a drain of young talent by emigration")
       => depletion -- (the act of decreasing something markedly)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb drain

4 senses of drain

Sense 1
drain, run out -- (flow off gradually; "The rain water drains into this big vat")
       => run, flow, feed, course -- (move along, of liquids; "Water flowed into the cave"; "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi")

Sense 2
drain -- (deplete of resources; "The exercise class drains me of energy")
       => consume, eat up, use up, eat, deplete, exhaust, run through, wipe out -- (use up (resources or materials); "this car consumes a lot of gas"; "We exhausted our savings"; "They run through 20 bottles of wine a week")

Sense 3
drain -- (empty of liquid; drain the liquid from; "We drained the oil tank")
       => empty -- (make void or empty of contents; "Empty the box"; "The alarm emptied the building")

Sense 4
enfeeble, debilitate, drain -- (make weak; "Life in the camp drained him")
       => weaken -- (lessen the strength of; "The fever weakened his body")

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