Is there a word for saying that a sound is overwhelming another sound? By overwhelming, I mean that the sound is so loud that we can't hear the other sound. Is there a word for it?

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    Drown. His voice was drowned by the roar of the traffic. Jan 31, 2021 at 9:28
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    Very often we include an extra preposition in [the signal] was drowned out by [the noise]. Jan 31, 2021 at 12:58
  • My Canadian ears only like "drown out". To me, to "drown" a sound means holding it underwater until it's dead.
    – gotube
    Nov 17, 2021 at 22:13

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"Drown" or "Drown out"

His voice was drowned out by the roar of the traffic.

  • converting comments to cw
    – James K
    Nov 17, 2021 at 21:58

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