drink

verb
\ ˈdriŋk How to pronounce drink (audio) \
drank\ ˈdraŋk How to pronounce drink (audio) \; drunk\ ˈdrəŋk How to pronounce drink (audio) \ or drank; drinking

Definition of drink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : swallow, imbibe drink a glass of 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
2 : to join in a toast (see toast entry 1 sense 2) to I'll drink your good health.
3 : to bring to a specified state by drinking alcoholic beverages drank himself into oblivion

intransitive verb

1a : to take liquid into the mouth for swallowing eating and drinking
b : to receive into one's consciousness drinking deep of the culture which surrounds them— L. R. Ward
2 : to partake of alcoholic beverages has quit drinking
3 : to make or join in a toast I'll drink to that!
drink the Kool-Aid
[after 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] : to comply unquestioningly with the demands or policies of a particular leader, ideology, or organization

drink

noun

Definition of drink (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a liquid suitable for swallowing provided with food and drink
b : alcoholic beverages
2 : a draft (see draft entry 1 sense 2b) or portion of liquid poured herself a drink
3 : excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages he took to drink when his business failed
4 : a sizable body of water used with the landed in the drink

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Examples of drink in a Sentence

Verb The baby still drinks from a bottle. What would you like to drink? We drank orange juice with breakfast. I drink lots of water when I'm hiking. She drank too much last night and woke up sick this morning. It's not safe to drink and drive. She drank herself into a stupor. He nearly drank himself to death. Noun We serve coffee, tea, and other hot drinks. Food and drink will be provided. They went to the bar for a few drinks. Can I get you another drink? He took a long drink from his glass.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Water it down and heat it over the stove, or drink it on ice. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 28 May 2021 For the first time in over 225 years, fans of the Belgian beer brand Grimbergen will be able to drink their beers on-site at the Abbey where the beer was first brewed in 1128. Hudson Lindenberger, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Britain’s National Health Service say men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis, which is six pints of lager or a bottle and a half of wine. BostonGlobe.com, 21 May 2021 Britain’s National Health Service say men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis, which is six pints of lager or a bottle and a half of wine. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 The National Autonomous University's botanical gardens are filled with flowering morning glory, agave plants and cactuses that provide the bats with food; their long tongues and noses have evolved to drink nectar from the blooms. Fabiola Sanchez, Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 Only the bravest dare to drink water from the tap, people joke. NBC News, 16 May 2021 Jolie's Hannah Faber, a brash Montana firefighter in combat boots and a rib-grazing ponytail that is surely not department regulation, loves to drink beer with the boys and parachute from speeding pickup trucks for thrills. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 12 May 2021 Jason had spent the whole day fasting as part of the holy month of Ramadan, refraining from both food and drink for more than 14 hours. Sanya Mansoor, Time, 12 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And people’s mouths open as these three Black men walk to the counter for a drink. Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2021 For the drink, Barnes has added fresh muddled blueberries for a fruity and fresh twist to cut through the tangy bite of the lemon. al, 17 May 2021 An excellent cocktail list and 30 wines by the glass will make guests who want to drop in for a drink on the large outdoor terrace very happy. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 4 May 2021 Guests can take advantage of the beachfront location with free beach cabanas or swim up for a drink in the outdoor pool. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 3 May 2021 And no readers pulling up in their cars for a drink and a taste. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, 1 May 2021 By this stage, the listener to this audiobook is probably reaching for a stiff drink. Paul Kennedy, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021 For people looking for a drink in New York, there’s more good news. Michael Hollan, Fox News, 29 Apr. 2021 Florida Senator Marco Rubio's 2013 rebuttal speech is likely best remembered for his dry mouth and desperate need for a drink of water, which former President Trump mocked on the 2016 campaign trail. Adam Brewster, CBS News, 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of drink

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for drink

Verb and Noun

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

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Time Traveler for drink

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The first known use of drink was before the 12th century

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9 Jun 2021

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“Drink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drink. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for drink

drink

verb

English Language Learners Definition of drink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to take a liquid into your mouth and swallow it
: to drink alcohol
: to put (yourself) into a specified state by drinking alcohol

drink

noun

English Language Learners Definition of drink (Entry 2 of 2)

: a liquid that you can drink
: an alcoholic beverage
: the habit or practice of drinking a lot of alcohol

drink

verb
\ ˈdriŋk How to pronounce drink (audio) \
drank\ ˈdraŋk \; drunk\ ˈdrəŋk \; drinking

Kids Definition of drink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to swallow liquid
2 : to absorb a liquid Plants drink up water.
3 : to drink alcoholic beverages
4 : to take in through the senses He drank in the beautiful scenery.

Other Words from drink

drinker noun

drink

noun

Kids Definition of drink (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a liquid safe for swallowing Food and drink will be provided.
2 : an amount of liquid swallowed a drink of water
3 : alcoholic beverages

drink

verb
\ ˈdriŋk How to pronounce drink (audio) \
drank\ ˈdraŋk How to pronounce drink (audio) \; drunk\ ˈdrəŋk How to pronounce drink (audio) \ or drank; drinking

Medical Definition of drink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: swallow, imbibe drink liquid

intransitive verb

1 : to take liquid into the mouth for swallowing
2 : to partake of alcoholic beverages especially habitually specifically : to indulge in alcoholic beverages with disagreeable effect

drink

noun

Medical Definition of drink (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : liquid suitable for swallowing especially to quench thirst or to provide nourishment or refreshment
2 : alcoholic liquor
3 : a draft or portion of liquid (as water or a prepared beverage) taken or to be taken by an individual at one time

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