US: /ˈdɹeɪn/
UK: /dɹˈe‍ɪn/

English Vietnamese dictionary

drain /drein/
  • danh từ
    • ống dẫn (nước...), cống, rãnh, mương, máng
    • (y học) ống dẫn lưu
    • sự rút hết, sự bòn rút hết, sự tiêu hao, sự làm kiệt quệ
      • a drain on someone's purse: sự bòn rút tiền của ai
    • (từ lóng) hớp nhỏ (rượu)
    • ngoại động từ
      • ((thường) + off, away) rút, tháo, tiêu (nước); làm ráo nước (quần áo giặt, bát đĩa rửa)
        • to drain off the water: tháo nước
      • uống cạn (nước, rượu)
        • to drain dry; to drain to the dregs: uống cạn
      • (y học) dẫn lưu
      • rút hết, bòn rút hết, tiêu hao, làm kiệt quệ
        • to drain the wealth of a country: bòn rút hết của cải của một nước
        • to drain someone of his property: lấy hết của cải của ai, bòn rút hết tài sản của ai
    • nội động từ
      • ((thường) + off, away) chảy đi, thoát đi, tiêu đi (nước...)
      • ráo nước (quần áo giặt, bát đĩa rửa)
      • (+ through) chảy ròng ròng, chảy nhỏ giọt (qua...)

    Advanced English dictionary

    verb, noun
    + verb
    1 to make sth empty or dry by removing all the liquid from it; to become empty or dry in this way: [VN] Drain and rinse the pasta. + The marshes have been drained. + You will need to drain the central heating system before you replace the radiator. + [V] The swimming pool drains very slowly. + Leave the dishes to drain.
    2 ~ (sth) (from / out of sth)
    ~ (sth) (away / off) to make liquid flow away from sth; to flow away: [VN] We had to drain the oil out of the engine. + Drain off the excess fat from the meat. + [V] She pulled out the plug and the water drained away. + The river drains into a lake. + All the colour drained from his face when I told him the news + His face drained of colour. + (figurative) My anger slowly drained away.
    3 [VN] to empty a cup or glass by drinking everything in it: (written) In one gulp, he drained the glass. + She quickly drained the last of her drink.
    4 [VN] ~ sb/sth (of sth) to make sb/sth weaker, poorer, etc. by using up their/its strength, money, etc: My mother's hospital expenses were slowly draining my income. + I felt drained of energy. + The experience left her emotionally drained. + an exhausting and draining experience
    + noun
    1 [C] a pipe that carries away dirty water or other liquid waste: We had to call in a plumber to unblock the drain. + The drains (= the system of pipes) date from the beginning of the century.
    2 [C] (BrE) (AmE grate, sewer grate) a frame of metal bars over the opening to a drain in the ground
    3 [C] (AmE) = PLUGHOLE
    4 [sing.] ~ on sb/sth a thing that uses a lot of the time, money, etc. that could be used for sth else: Military spending is a huge drain on the country's resources.
    See also - BRAIN DRAIN
    Idioms: (go) down the drain (BrE also (go) down the plughole) (informal) (to be) wasted; (to get) very much worse: It's just money down the drain, you know. + Safety standards have gone down the drain.
    more at LAUGH v.

    Thesaurus dictionary

    1 ditch, channel, trench, culvert, conduit, pipe, gutter, outlet, watercourse, sewer, cloaca:
    The storm drains have overflowed.
    2 depletion, reduction, sapping, sap, exhaustion, strain, drag; outgo, outflow, withdrawal, disbursement, expenditure:
    The cost of the new roof was a drain on our resources.
    3 down the drain. wasted, gone, thrown away, lost, Slang up the spout:
    All that money spent on his education went down the drain.
    4 draw off, tap, extract, remove, take away, withdraw, pump off or out; empty, evacuate, drink up or down, quaff, swallow, finish:
    After washing the lettuce, drain off the water. He drained the glass in one gulp.
    5 consume, use up, exhaust, sap, deplete, bleed, strain, tax, spend; weaken, debilitate, impair, cripple:
    The car repairs drained my bank account. After climbing to the top of the mountain, we were completely drained.
    6 seep, trickle, ooze, drip, leave, go or flow from or out of, disappear (from), ebb:
    Let the pus drain from the boil. The blood drained from his face when he saw her.

    Collocation dictionary

    1 pipe/hole that dirty water goes down




    block | clear, unblock | lay
    They were busy laying the drains for the new houses.

    2 sth that uses up time/money/resources


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


    ~ 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

    2 make sb/sth weaker/poorer, etc.


    totally, utterly | emotionally, physically | away
    draining away the country's coal reserves


    His voice was utterly drained of emotion.


    be/feel drained
    Sue felt exhausted and emotionally drained.

    Concise English dictionary

    +emptying something accomplished by allowing liquid to run out of it
    +tube inserted into a body cavity (as during surgery) to remove unwanted material
    +a pipe through which liquid is carried away
    +a gradual depletion of energy or resources
    +flow off gradually
    +deplete of resources
    +empty of liquid; drain the liquid from
    +make weak