There are 2 translations of drain in Spanish:

drain1

Pronunciation: /dreɪn/

n

  • 1 (in garden, patio) 1.1 (pipe) sumidero (m), resumidero (m) (AmL) the drains (of town) el alcantarillado (of building) las tuberías de desagüe 1.2 (BrE) (grid) sumidero (m), resumidero (m) (AmL)
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    • And so the Ravenscar Estate Company set to work with hundreds of men, laying drains and building roads and offering building plots for sale at auction.
    • Some 300 men were employed to lay drains and construct new roads.
    • The road drains here were flushed out not too long ago, and the drainage system out on the fens seems more than able to cope with the rain we've had and a lot more.
    1.3 [Med] drenaje (m)
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    • Note drain and second abscess in segments VII and VIII
    • The PACU nurse monitors the compression-bulb drain from the abdominal cavity for the type and quantity of output.
    • Tubes, sutures and drains cover his body from nose to abdomen.
  • 3 (plughole) desagüe (m) 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 (BrE) reírse* a mandíbula batiente
  • 4 (no pl) 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 (f)
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    • 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.

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There are 2 translations of drain in Spanish:

drain2

vt

  • 1 1.1 [container/tank] vaciar*; [land/swamp] drenar, avenar; [blood] drenar; [sap/water] extraer* to drain the oil from the engine vaciar* el aceite del motor
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    • Wetlands were being drained so the land could be developed, estuaries were being reclaimed and forests were being cut down.
    • Sixteen years after Dunsey steals the money, Godfrey drains the Stone-pits for land and Dunsey's skeleton is found.
    • When the tide rose, the gates could be opened to admit water into the ditches; when the tide fell, the land could be drained.
    1.2 [Culin] [vegetables/rice/pasta] escurrir, colar*
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    • The feature is undergoing ‘major maintenance’ work which involves the water tanks being completely drained and all parts serviced.
    • Ultimately, maintenance drained the water tank, squashing that tricky freezing problem, and we took off.
    • He takes them to a line drawn on the ground (the putative location of the equator) and drains a pan of water on either side of it.
    1.3 [Med] [abscess/bladder] drenar 1.4 [river/channel] desaguar*
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    • The Axamilpa river drains this area and along its banks a sequence of Late Cenozoic sands, silts, and gravels are exposed.
    • These dolines are the equivalent of small valleys in a fluvial system, the waters from them uniting underground into the major stream draining the area.
    • Bounded on the north by the Ritter Range, the San Joaquin River drains a vast expanse of mountains south of Yosemite.
  • 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
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    • Pulling out the stopper, she poured the thick contents into a goblet and drank deep, almost draining the glass.
    • They stood nervously at attention while Miri drained the entire glass.
    • Lifting the glass again, he drained out the remaining contents, his eyes closing as he savored the last drops on the alcohol.
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    • I was drained of all my energy and I needed to be in a place where I could rest and finish High School and get help/support with my baby.
    • Through the most unlikely chain of events Mr Bloop had beaten all the odds, however he was obviously drained of all his energy and unable even to float upright in his tank at this point.
    • I asked if it was getting annoying, being drained of energy when there's so much to do, but she said she didn't have the energy to get annoyed.
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    • They chose not to turn to a parallel private system, on the grounds that it would drain valuable resources away from the public system.
    • The cost of building a new hospital and local care centres could drain the NHS of resources for patient care in the future, says the MP.
    • All the while, his huge spiritual resources are being drained.

vi

  • 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*
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    • The scuppers, or the devices to allow the water to drain off the decks have been opened - they're normally in a closed position.
    • Place on paper towel and allow the grease to drain off.
    • Marinate for 20 to 30 minutes, then drain off the liquid.
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    • It bled more, the red droplets draining into the water below me.
    • The landscaping is expected to include drainage panels in it so surface water will drain away into the river.
    • Local surface water drains into a number of rivers, according to Mr. Wood, with a drainage network flowing into rivers such as the Boyne and the Barrow.
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    • Each tube was inverted and drained on clean, absorbent paper, then allowed to air dry for 10 to 15 minutes.
    • Remove from oil with tongs and allow to drain on a paper towel.
    • Remove from oil with a slotted metal spoon and allow to drain on a paper towel.

Phrasal verbs

drain away

v + adv 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 1.1v + o + adv, v + adv + o [liquid] escurrir

drain off

v + adv [rainwater] escurrirse 1.1v + o + adv, v + adv + o 2.1 [Culin] escurrir 2.2 [Tech] extraer*

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peronismo is a political movement, known officially as justicialismo, named for the populist politician Colonel Juan Domingo Perón, elected President of Argentina in 1946. An admirer of Italian fascism, Perón claimed always to be a champion of the workers and the poor, the descamisados (shirtless ones), to whom his first wife Eva Duarte (`Evita') became a kind of icon, especially after her death in 1952. Although he instituted some social reforms, Perón's regime proved increasingly repressive and he was ousted by the army in 1955. He returned from exile to become president in 1973, but died in office a year later. The Partido Justicialista has governed Argentina almost continuously since 1989, under Presidents Carlos Menem, Néstor Kirchner, and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Néstor Kirchner's widow, who was re-elected President in 2011.