Definition of drought in English:


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Pronunciation: /draʊt


  • 1A prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall, leading to a shortage of water: the cause of Europe’s recent droughts [mass noun]: crops have failed because of drought
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    • Chinese officials say cloud seeding has helped to relieve severe droughts and water shortages in cities.
    • During climate extremes, whether droughts or flooding rains, those on the land feel it most.
    • In fact, tropical storms or hurricanes have ended many droughts in Texas, and other parts of the world.
    dry spell, dry period, lack of rain, shortage of water; Scottish drouth
  • 1.1 [usually with modifier] A prolonged absence of something specified: he ended a five-game goal drought
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    • One can only hope that, after the relative goal drought of two years ago in Mali, they and the other 15 nations put on a more exciting spectacle.
    • Robbie Blake curled a trademark free kick just wide and then slipped at the crucial moment when he seemed certain to end his worrying goal drought.
    • Dennis Wise's glancing header ended the team's goal drought - spanning 588 minutes.
  • 1.2 [mass noun] archaic Thirst.


late Old English drūgath 'dryness', of Germanic origin; compare with Dutch droogte; related to dry.

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