Translation of drain in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /dreɪn/


  • 3 (plughole) desagüe (masculine) that's money down the drain eso es tirar el dinero 20 years' research down the drain veinte años de investigación tirados por la borda to laugh like a drain (British English/inglés británico) reírse* a mandíbula batiente
  • 4 (no plural/sin plural) 4.1 (cause of depletion)a drain on sth a drain on the country's resources una sangría para el país his drinking was a constant drain on his wages gran parte del sueldo se le iba en bebida the extra work is an enormous drain on my energy el trabajo extra me está agotando 4.2 (outflow, loss) fuga (feminine)
    More example sentences
    • The room's toilet pipes and shower drains carry this waste to a holding tank.
    • At a hardware store, I laid the fittings out on the floor of the plumbing aisle and began to design our drain, waste and vent systems.
    • First try the liquid drain products that are compatible with your home plumbing system first.
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    • The introduction of upper division programs will result in new expenditures, which cannot help creating a drain on existing resources.
    • The company has consistently said that funding the continuing trading losses is the biggest drain on its cash flow.
    • This drain on financial resources limits the region's ability to continue to grow and create wealth.
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    • This is expensive, so that neonatal care provides a significant drain on scarce resources.
    • Demands from the NSW Government for higher dividends are creating a drain on resources within the power entities.
    • In fact, they are a drain on its resources, creating a deficit of over Rs.12 lakhs a year, despite the huge income that tours generate for their promoters.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 3 (consume, exhaust) [resources/strength] agotar, consumir too much work has drained his energy el excesivo trabajo ha consumido sus energías or lo ha agotado the war is draining the nation of its resources la guerra está sangrando al país

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1.1 (dry) [dishes/cutlery/food] escurrir(se) leave the dishes to drain deja que los platos (se) escurran 1.2 (disappear) the blood o color drained from her face se quedó lívida, perdió el color de la cara, palideció all the strength seemed to drain from my limbs los brazos y las piernas se me quedaron como sin fuerzas 1.3 (discharge) [pipes/river] desaguar*

Phrasal verbs

drain away

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio 1.1 [liquid] the bathwater takes ages to drain away la bañera tarda mucho en vaciarse the rain gradually drains away into the soil la lluvia se va filtrando en la tierra 1.2 [strength/resources] irse* agotando her will to live drained away iba perdiendo las ganas de vivir 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento [liquid] escurrir

drain off

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio [rainwater] escurrirse 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 2.1 [Cookery/Cocina] escurrir 2.2 [Technology/Tecnología] extraer*

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.