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

Another common cause of concern for pet owners is when a dog or cat becomes lethargic or refuses to eat or drink. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: Recognizing a pet emergency," 13 Sep. 2019 This is Highly Recommend, a column dedicated to our very opinionated editors’ favorite things to eat, drink, and buy. Emily Schultz, Bon Appétit, "My Version of Self Care Is Going to Lella Alimentari," 13 Sep. 2019 Plans for the space hotel, officially called the Von Braun Space Station, show sleek guest rooms with modern design elements and modules that will act as gathering spaces for guests to eat, drink, and relax. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "What Spending a Night at a Space Hotel Looks Like," 6 Sep. 2019 Mountain View Art & Wine Festival: One of the biggest and most popular art and wine fests is back for its 48th year, with more than 500 artists’ booths, live music, lots to eat and drink and kids’ activities. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Weekend festivals: Hot cars, vintage planes, seafood, music and art," 3 Sep. 2019 Details about the crimes are slim, but BLM officials told the Los Angeles Times a few of the burros were killed while drinking water from nearby springs. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "The Mojave Desert's donkeys are turning up dead with bullet wounds. Officials are offering $18,000 to find who's responsible," 26 Aug. 2019 Women as old as middle age seem to think they are properly dressed to work out, or shop, or go out to eat or drink, or who knows maybe go to work, in tights paired with some ordinary garment above. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, "Behind the Times," 22 Aug. 2019 These people not only need places to work but to eat, drink, live, and even sometimes play. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China's Troubled Aircraft Carrier Proves Why It's So Hard To Build Them," 14 Aug. 2019 What to eat and drink The Romantic Road is a sybarite’s dream come true, cutting through Franconia’s wine country and Bavaria’s beer territory with southern Germany's hearty cuisine served along the way. National Geographic, "Castles, vineyards, and fairy-tale villages: Drive the Romantic Road," 14 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This year, Starbucks launched a new pumpkin spice menu item: the pumpkin cream cold brew, its first pumpkin coffee drink since PSL debuted in 2003. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: A look at Lightfoot’s first 100 days, tens of thousands of Cook County pot convictions will be automatically expunged and other things to know to start your day," 28 Aug. 2019 You and your friends fling yourself into some patio chairs, plop down your drinks and—THOOOOIIIIING—chaos ensues. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appétit, "This 20-Cent Wedge of Plastic Will Make You a Restaurant Hero," 26 Aug. 2019 The women eat the nuts in fistfuls, down their drinks quickly. Kate Walbert, The New Yorker, "To Do," 26 Aug. 2019 There are a couple ways methanol can wind up in your drink. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Taking a vacation? Here's how to avoid tainted alcohol anywhere you travel," 22 Aug. 2019 Outside food and drink are not allowed; concessions will be available for purchase inside the Convention Center and at the GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico. al, "‘American Idol’ auditions are Tuesday at GulfQuest -- but don’t go there," 19 Aug. 2019 All their drinks are, like, hurricane, piña colada. New York Times, "How Ahmed Gallab, Sudanese-American Musician, Spends His Sundays," 16 Aug. 2019 And also there is a Creamsicle cocktail, which, full confession, this reporter once tried to make his signature drink. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Creamsicle Day: Celebrate by mixing up your own creamy cocktail with these recipes," 14 Aug. 2019 Then, head back to snag lunch in Obernai itself and hop back on the road to find your first drink of the day. Tyler Moss, Condé Nast Traveler, "An Autumnal Road Trip Through Alsace Wine Country," 13 Aug. 2019

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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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