drink

verb
\ˈdriŋk \
drank\ ˈdraŋk \; drunk\ ˈdrəŋk \ 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

Then, make sure your child is comfortable and drinking plenty of fluids, Dr. Adalja says. Korin Miller, SELF, "One Child in Florida Already Died From the Flu This Season," 16 Oct. 2018 The island sustained catastrophic damage to its electrical grid, communications network, drinking water system, housing stock, roads, schools, and more. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How architects and designers are rebuilding Puerto Rico," 20 Sep. 2018 Consider baskets, bookshelves, drinks trays, and card tables. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Here's How to Pull Off an Eclectic Decorating Style," 17 Aug. 2018 Enfield police were called to Alexander’s parents’ Pearl Street home on March 17 for a domestic violence incident during which Alexander, who authorities say had been drinking, was accused of assaulting his 69-year-old mother. David Owens, courant.com, "Judge Denies Former State Rep Alexander's Effort To Avoid Prosecution In Assault Case," 5 July 2018 Something tells us attendees are going to want to wear comfortable shoes, bring plenty of sunscreen to reapply throughout the day, and drink plenty of water. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Calling All Ree Drummond Fans: Pawhuska Is the Place to Be This Fourth of July," 3 July 2018 An arrest that led a Florida judge to specifically order Luann to stop drinking. refinery29.com, "Did Ramona Singer Finally Have A Breakthrough On RHONY?," 28 June 2018 Surveillance footage and receipts showed Gonzalez-Balboa that night had been drinking at Bulla Gastrobar in Coral Gables, buying 19 drinks, including El Jimador tequila on the rocks, margaritas and Grey Goose vodka on the rocks. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "Video shows Miami lawyer accused of fatal crash after night of hard drinking, cops say," 26 June 2018 Two state regulatory agencies concluded that the project could jeopardize New Britain’s drinking water, former Alderman Suzanne Bielinski said. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "Residents Slam Tilcon Gravel Plan, But New Britain Supports It," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Down went far too many drinks, followed by what looked like far too many pills. Brian P. Kelly, WSJ, "‘Hungover’ Review: There’s Got to Be a Morning After," 9 Nov. 2018 Freya Cafe at the Nordic Museum 2655 N.W. Market St., Seattle 206-409-9854 No entrance fee is required to eat at this casual museum restaurant featuring classic Nordic dishes and drinks. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "New Nordic? Seattle’s Scandinavian food scene reaches far beyond lutefisk and lingonberries," 7 Nov. 2018 Here was a fit, young woman who didn’t drink or do drugs. Tony Dajer, Discover Magazine, "Vertigo, Panic and Trouble Breathing: What's Going On Here?," 19 Oct. 2018 Cocktail enthusiasts will want to invest in a set of tools for mixing drinks, like this one from Cocktail Kingdom, a favorite emporium of bartenders. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How to Drink Whiskey: A Complete Guide," 1 Oct. 2018 An included cup holder is handy for holding your kiddo's drinks on the go. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Eddie Bauer® Alpha Elite 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat," 24 Sep. 2018 Selena looks relaxed in a tube top, holding on to a red drink, resting her head on a finger. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez Just Deleted Her Most Liked Instagram and No One Knows Why," 21 Sep. 2018 The idea came along one night after the fourth drink, at a bus stop in Stoke Newington. Jessica Furseth, Curbed, "How marriage—and divorce—changed my relationship to home," 17 Aug. 2018 In a day, one horse eats about 32 pounds of forage and drinks about 10 gallons of water. Alex Devoid, azcentral, "Volunteers care for Navajo wild horses during drought, despite overpopulation concerns," 13 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

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

Noun

see drink entry 1

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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 \
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 \
drank\ ˈdraŋk \; drunk\ ˈdrəŋk \ 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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