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verb \ˈdriŋk\

Simple Definition of drink

  • : to take a liquid into your mouth and swallow it

  • : to drink alcohol

  • : to put (yourself) into a specified state by drinking alcohol

Full Definition of drink

drank play \ˈdraŋk\ drunk play \ˈdrəŋk\ or drankdrink·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  swallow, imbibe <drink water> b :  to take in or suck up :  absorb <drinking air into his lungs> c :  to take in or receive avidly —usually used with in <drank in every word of the lecture>

  3. 2 :  to join in a toast to <I'll drink your good health>

  4. 3 :  to bring to a specified state by drinking alcoholic beverages <drank himself into oblivion>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 a :  to take liquid into the mouth for swallowing b :  to receive into one's consciousness

  7. 2 :  to partake of alcoholic beverages <has quit drinking>

  8. 3 :  to make or join in a toast <I'll drink to that!>

drink the Kool–Aidafter a 1978 mass suicide in Guyana brought about when members of the Peoples Temple cult were ordered to consume a flavored drink mixed with cyanide
  1. :  to comply unquestioningly with the demands or policies of a particular leader, ideology, or organization

Examples of drink

  1. The baby still drinks from a bottle.

  2. What would you like to drink?

  3. We drank orange juice with breakfast.

  4. I drink lots of water when I'm hiking.

  5. She drank too much last night and woke up sick this morning.

  6. It's not safe to drink and drive.

  7. She drank herself into a stupor.

  8. He nearly drank himself to death.

Origin of drink

Middle English, from Old English drincan; akin to Old High German trinkan to drink

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of drink

  • : a liquid that you can drink

  • : an alcoholic beverage

  • : the habit or practice of drinking a lot of alcohol

Full Definition of drink

  1. 1 a :  a liquid suitable for swallowing b :  alcoholic beverages

  2. 2 :  a draft or portion of liquid

  3. 3 :  excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages <he took to drink when his business failed>

  4. 4 :  a sizable body of water —used with the <landed in the drink>

Examples of drink

  1. We serve coffee, tea, and other hot drinks.

  2. Food and drink will be provided.

  3. They went to the bar for a few drinks.

  4. Can I get you another drink?

  5. He took a long drink from his glass.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of drink

before 12th century

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms

DRINK Defined for Kids



verb \ˈdriŋk\

Definition of drink

drank \ˈdraŋk\drunk \ˈdrəŋk\drink·ing

  1. 1 :  to swallow liquid

  2. 2 :  to absorb a liquid <Plants drink up water.>

  3. 3 :  to drink alcoholic beverages

  4. 4 :  to take in through the senses <He drank in the beautiful scenery.>

drink·er noun




Definition of drink

  1. 1 :  a liquid safe for swallowing <Food and drink will be provided.>

  2. 2 :  an amount of liquid swallowed <a drink of water>

  3. 3 :  alcoholic beverages

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February 12, 2016

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