verb im·bibe \im-ˈbīb\

: to drink (something)

: to drink alcohol


Full Definition of IMBIBE

transitive verb
archaic :  soak, steep
a :  to receive into the mind and retain <imbibe moral principles>
b :  to assimilate or take into solution
a :  drink
b :  to take in or up <a sponge imbibes moisture>
intransitive verb
:  drink 2
a :  to take in liquid
b :  to absorb or assimilate moisture, gas, light, or heat
im·bib·er noun

Examples of IMBIBE

  1. She imbibed vast quantities of coffee.
  2. 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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