Simple Definition of imbibe
: to drink (something)
: to drink alcohol
Full Definition of imbibe
2 a : to receive into the mind and retain <imbibe moral principles> b : to assimilate or take into solution
3 a : drink b : to take in or up <a sponge imbibes moisture>
1 : drink 2
2 a : to take in liquid b : to absorb or assimilate moisture, gas, light, or heat
Examples of imbibe
She imbibed vast quantities of coffee.
She never imbibes but isn't offended when others do.
Origin of imbibe
Middle English enbiben to absorb, cause to absorb, from Latin imbibere to drink in, absorb, from in- + bibere to drink — more at potable
First Known Use: 14th century
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