Synonyms of drain in English:


See US English definition of drain

See UK English definition of drain

See Spanish definition of sumidero


1‘there is a valve for draining the tank’

empty, empty out, remove the contents of, void, clear, clear out, unload, evacuate


2‘then drain any surplus liquid’

draw off, extract, withdraw, remove, pump off, siphon off, milk, bleed, tap, void, filter, pour out, pour off, tip, discharge, transfer

3‘the water drained away to the sea’

flow, pour, escape, leak, trickle, empty, well, ooze, seep, exude, drip, dribble, issue, filter, percolate, bleed, sweat, leach
stream, run, rush, gush, roll, cascade, flood, surge, sweep

4‘jailing more people would just drain resources’

use up, exhaust, deplete, consume, expend, swallow up, absorb, get through, go through, run through, take up, occupy, empty, sap, strain, tax, bleed

5‘he drained what was left in his glass’

drink, drink down, drink up, gulp, gulp down, guzzle, quaff, down, imbibe, sup, slurp, suck, sip, swallow, finish off, polish off
informal sink, swig, swill, swill down, toss off, slug, knock back, put away, kill
British informal neck, get one's laughing gear round
North American informal scarf, scarf down, scarf up, snarf, snarf down, snarf up, chug
rare ingurgitate


1‘a flash storm filled the drain with water’

sewer, channel, conduit, ditch, culvert, duct, pipe, tube, gutter, groove, furrow, trough, trench, cut, sluice, spillway, race, flume, chute

2‘a significant drain on the camcorder's battery’

strain, demand, pressure, burden, load, imposition, tax
outflow, sapping, depletion