v. drowned, drown·ing, drowns
1. To kill by submerging and suffocating in water or another liquid.
2. To drench thoroughly or cover with or as if with a liquid.
3. To deaden one's awareness of; blot out: people who drowned their troubles in drink.
4. To muffle or mask (a sound) by a louder sound: screams that were drowned out by the passing train.
To die by suffocating in water or another liquid.
drown (one's) sorrow/sorrows
To try to forget one's troubles by drinking alcohol.
[Middle English drounen, probably of Scandinavian origin; see dhreg- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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