\ 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 2a) 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



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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Add pro drink maker to the WWE star's list of talents. Sonal Dutt, Peoplemag, 4 Aug. 2022 Grab your tickets to a sci-fi themed concert, go to the debut of a young artist’s work, drink wine and listen to opera, run for charity or attend the Ravens’ preseason opener. John Coffren, Baltimore Sun, 4 Aug. 2022 People who eat or drink products containing the bacteria might experience fever, vomiting, and urinary tract infection. Chris Smith, BGR, 4 Aug. 2022 If your go-to drink is an old-fashioned, consider swapping the bourbon for a barrel-aged tequila. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Aug. 2022 Villagers now look forward to visits from Repair Together, bringing food and drink to worksites to share with volunteers. Leila Barghouty, Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2022 Kafoury and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler urged people to check on their neighbors, drink plenty of water and monitor for symptoms of heat illness. oregonlive, 29 July 2022 That means people can’t safely drink the water or use it to cook or bathe. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 July 2022 And most importantly, how did a vodka martini become the official Daisy and Richard drink? Adam Morganstern, Forbes, 27 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This option walks the line between dessert and drink. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2022 Definitely try the Por Vida Latte, a coffee drink made with milk, brown sugar and cinnamon, or the Mexican Mocha, with nuts and Mexican chocolate. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Aug. 2022 There's also a cooling effect because this drink is served cold. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2022 The actor was spotted in Capri earlier this week lounging on a boat, mysterious pink drink in hand. Sam Reed, Glamour, 5 Aug. 2022 Tepache is a centuries-old, Mexican probiotic drink that is made with pineapple. Katarina Avendano, Good Housekeeping, 3 Aug. 2022 Several Bay Area food-and-drink favorites made expansion moves on the Peninsula and in the South Bay in recent weeks. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Aug. 2022 The beauty of ranch water is there's no exact science to perfecting this drink, so feel free to adjust it to your taste preferences. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Aug. 2022 At Sueños at Soho House in Chicago, this drink is made with Pacifico Tall Boy, Pequin, and cocktail sauce topped with an oyster. Aly Walansky, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of drink


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


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


\ 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



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


\ 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



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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