drink

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

Kate was said to have started a girls-only drinking club in college. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "I Would Like a Pint of Beer Personally Poured by Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge," 28 Feb. 2019 The house boasts views of Chauncey Creek, an oversized dock on 184 feet of water frontage, and a grapevine covered gazebo perfect for lazy afternoons drinking lemonade. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Lighthouse-inspired home in Maine asks $1.1M," 12 Sep. 2018 In fact, a food scientist once told me drinking raw milk was like playing Russian Roulette. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Are Eyelash- and Eyebrow-Tinting Services Safe? Here's Why Some Experts Are Warning Against It," 27 Aug. 2018 It's been said that drinking a little bit of alcohol can be good for your health. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Alcohol Does Not Have Health Benefits," 24 Aug. 2018 First and foremost, drinking alcohol was a means of survival. Amanda Cargill, Smithsonian, "What Did the Founding Fathers Eat and Drink as They Started a Revolution?," 3 July 2018 Simply drinking coffee isn’t necessarily a health panacea. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Could Drinking Lots of Coffee Really Help You Live Longer? Here Are the Facts," 3 July 2018 For younger viewers—those of us who might not have drank down the moving magic of Singin’ in the Rain, West Side Story, or Gigi—Damien Chazelle’s La La Land forgives those lapses. Vogue, "The 55 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time," 1 Feb. 2019 So while some of these supplements attempt to do the same (Ketoburn provides beta carotene), consuming supplemental forms of antioxidants simply does not have the same biochemical effect as drinking them in their most natural form. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Keto Diet Pills and Supplements May Hurt Your Health and Waste Your Money," 16 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In subsequent quarters, PepsiCo blamed sluggish demand for its sodas in North America on the company’s focus on healthier drinks. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "P&G Challenges Men to Shave Their ‘Toxic Masculinity’ in Gillette Ad," 14 Jan. 2019 At a large lab at Tweed, for example, scientists are laboring away under fume hoods on marijuana drinks. Ian Austen, The Seattle Times, "Dreams of big profits as marijuana becomes legal in Canada," 16 Oct. 2018 But their contacts continued, with Gordon, 50, inviting Butina to get drinks and go to the Styx concert and to attend his birthday party in October of that year. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina chatted with former Trump campaign aide ahead of the 2016 election," 4 Aug. 2018 Hill also stands accused of being intoxicated while groping another woman's butt, inappropriately touching a fourth woman and urging women at the bar to show more skin to get free drinks, according to the memo prepared for top lawmakers. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "'I stand before you a condemned man,': AG Curtis Hill says he's been unfairly judged," 9 July 2018 But things allegedly escalated after getting drinks one night in December. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Extra's A.J. Calloway Denies Allegation of 2006 Sexual Assault, Forcing Woman to Masturbate Him," 28 June 2018 Data from Mexico and Berkeley — where taxes have been implemented in 2013 and 2014 — have shown declines in sales of sugary drinks. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Coca-Cola and Pepsi’s deceptive tactic to stop soda taxes worked in Washington state," 7 Nov. 2018 In winter, the intricately tiled fireplaces blazed for drinks in the grand and blue salons; dinner in the Russian-themed dining room; coffee, tea, and nightcaps in the densely detailed Moorish library; and dancing in the large, square entry hall. Marian Mcevoy, ELLE Decor, "An Intimate Look Inside Yves Saint Laurent’s Private Marrakech Home," 2 Aug. 2018 Fret less about calories by paddling Monee Reservoir before gathering around the fire for drinks. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "5 boozy things to do July 20-21," 11 July 2018

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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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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 drank (audio) \; drunk\ ˈdrəŋk How to pronounce drunk (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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