1. on the verge of being drowned
⇒ Dolphins have sometimes been known to save drowning swimmers.
3. an instance of someone's dying when submerged in water and therefore unable to breathe
⇒ There were three drownings here last year., ⇒ Her life unravels after the accidental drowning of a child in her care.
4. an instance of someone being deliberately submerged in water until they die
⇒ the drowning of toddlers by their mother, ⇒ the drowning of dogs
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