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drown (v.)

early 14c., drounen, "suffocate by immersion in water or other fluid," also intransitive, "be suffocated by immersion (etc.)," also figurative, "to overwhelm or overpower by rising above as a flood," perhaps from an unrecorded variant of Old English druncnian (Middle English druncnen) "be swallowed up by water" (originally of ships as well as living things); at any rate it is probably from the base of drincan "to drink" (see drink (v.) and compare drench).

Or perhaps it is from Old Norse drukna "be drowned," which has at least influenced the modern form of the word, via North of England dialect. Related: Drowned; drowning. To drown (someone or something) out formerly was "to force to come out by influx of water;" in reference to sounds, by 1884.

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Definitions of drown from WordNet

drown (v.)
cover completely or make imperceptible;
I was drowned in work
The noise drowned out her speech
Synonyms: submerge / overwhelm
drown (v.)
get rid of as if by submerging;
She drowned her trouble in alcohol
drown (v.)
die from being submerged in water, getting water into the lungs, and asphyxiating;
The child drowned in the lake
drown (v.)
kill by submerging in water;
He drowned the kittens
drown (v.)
be covered with or submerged in a liquid;
Synonyms: swim
drown (v.)
be in danger of dying from submersion in a liquid and asphyxiation;
the divers saved the drowning child
From wordnet.princeton.edu