drain
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drain(
dreyn
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (outlet)
a. el desagüe
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Call the plumber. The drain for the sink is clogged.Llama al fontanero. El desagüe del fregadero está tapado.
b. la alcantarilla
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(on the street)
I was about to get into my car when I dropped my keys into the drain by the curb.Iba a meterme en el coche cuando dejé caer las llaves en la alcantarilla del bordillo.
c. el sumidero
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(on the street)
I could hear the rain on the street as it emptied into the drain.Podía oír la lluvia en la calle al vaciarse por el sumidero.
2. (source of loss)
a. la mengua
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We can't continue with the construction because it's a drain on resources.No podemos seguir con la construcción porque es una mengua de recursos.
b. la sangría
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The project has been a bad investment and a drain on funds.El proyecto ha sido una mala inversión y una sangría de fondos.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
His expensive taste in clothing is a drain on his wife's funds.Sus gustos caros de ropa le agotan los fondos a su mujer.
The case has been a real drain on our time.El caso nos ha comido mucho tiempo.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to empty)
a. vaciar
She drained the water from the radiator.Vació el agua del radiador.
b. desaguar
After washing all the dishes, he drained the water in the sink.Después de lavar todos los platos, desaguó el agua del fregadero.
c. drenar
They drained the swamp in order to build a housing development.Drenaron el pantano para construir una urbanización.
4. (culinary)
a. escurrir
Drain the vegetables and let them sit for five minutes.Escurre las verduras y déjalas reposar cinco minutos.
b. colar
Will you drain the broth into this pot?¿Quieres colar el caldo en esta olla?
5. (medicine)
a. drenar
We need to drain the wound to reduce the swelling.Tenemos que drenar la herida para reducir la hinchazón.
6. (to tire)
a. agotar
I like doing pilates, but it really drains me.Me gusta hacer pilates, pero me agota mucho.
7. (to deplete)
a. consumir
Overfishing has drained local populations in this area.La sobrepesca ha consumido las poblaciones locales en esta zona.
8. (to drink)
a. vaciar
He stood up from the table and drained the glass of wine.Se levantó de la mesa y vació la copa de vino.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
9. (culinary)
a. escurrir
Will you grate some cheese while the pasta drains?¿Rallas un poco de queso mientas se escurre la pasta?
10. (to empty)
a. desaguar
I waited for the tub to drain before cleaning it.Esperé hasta que desaguara la bañera antes de limpiarla.
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drain
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (for water)
a. el desagüe
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
2. (for sewage)
a. la alcantarilla
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
3. (grating)
a. el sumidero
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
4. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to go down the drainecharse a perder
5. (on strength, resources)
a. la merma f, mengua
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
the space program is a drain on the country's resourcesel programa espacial se lleva muchos de los recursos del país
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
6. (liquid)
a. vaciar, quitar
7. (sink)
a. vaciar
8. (pond)
a. desaguar
9. (swamp)
a. drenar
10. (pasta, vegetables)
a. escurrir
11. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to drain wealth from a countrydebilitar la economía de un país
12. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to feel drainedestar extenuado(a)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
13. (liquid)
a. irse
14. (sink, river)
a. desaguar
15. (washed dishes)
a. escurrir
the color drained from her facese puso pálida, empalideció repentinamente
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drain [dreɪn]
noun
1 (outlet) (in house) desagüe (m); (in street) boca (f) de alcantarilla; sumidero (m); (Agr) zanja (f) de drenaje
the drains (sewage system) el alcantarillado (m)
to throw one's money down the drain tirar el dinero (por la ventana)
to go down the drain perderse; echarse a perder
2 (source of loss)
to be a drain on [+energies, resources] consumir; agotar; they are a great drain on our reserves ellos se llevan gran parte de nuestras reservas; it has been a great drain on her la ha agotado
transitive verb
1 (Agr) [+land, marshes, lake] drenar; desecar; [+vegetables, last drops] escurrir; [+glass, radiator etc] vaciar; (Med) [+wound etc] drenar;
2 agotar; consumir
to feel drained (of energy) sentirse agotado or sin fuerzas; the country is being drained of wealth al país lo están empobreciendo
intransitive verb
[+washed dishes, vegetables] escurrir; [+liquid] desaguar; [+stream] desembocar;into en;
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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