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

Last but not least, drink plenty of water between meals. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "How to Kill Your Afternoon Sugar Craving," 7 Jan. 2019 Definitely drink your champagne chilled to about 39°F. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The secret to champagne’s universal appeal is the physics of bubbles," 31 Dec. 2018 To write was to drink, to smoke, to stay up all night, to burn through money, to eat what you please, and to never do any kind of stretch. Constance Grady, Vox, "On January 1, dozens of literary classics will enter the public domain," 29 Dec. 2018 One such alcohol warning poster shows a drawing of a pregnant woman drinking from a bottle, and the booze going directly to the baby. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "‘Something wasn’t clicking’: WSU study shows offspring of pregnant rats exposed to THC have impaired development," 20 Nov. 2018 Maybe your partner’s drinking too much, or there’s a drug addiction incipient problem, or the health isn’t that great in the family, or just mental illnesses. Eric Johnson, Recode, "We have to rewrite antitrust law to deal with tech monopolies, says ‘Positive Populism’ author Steve Hilton," 24 Oct. 2018 Wearers can drink the water while riding or sitting on a chair lift, thanks to a high flow-rate tube and valve system that snakes up next to the zipper to the jacket’s collar for access. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "The Winter Jacket That’s Also a Water Bottle," 1 Oct. 2018 Artango Bar and Steakhouse 4767 N. Lincoln Ave., 872-208-7441 From 5 to 7 p.m., drink $7 mojitos (usually $10) and other $9 happy hour food bites, including pizza a la Parrilla, empanadas and lomito and choripán sandwiches. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Stay refreshed with these National Mojito Day deals," 10 July 2018 Millions of British fans, all over the United Kingdom, singing and dancing and drinking too much, while breathlessly hoping for Gareth Southgate and his boys to bring home the trophy. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Why 'Brits' don't support England at the World Cup," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

An otherwise casual person who wears scrubs to work, Nate looked smoking hot in a suit, complimented my outfit, was gracious to the newlyweds and their family, fetched drinks for my friends, and even spun a grandma around the dance floor. 2. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "15 Lessons I’ve Learned in 15 Years of Marriage," 8 Jan. 2019 Newer beverage categories, such as kombucha and ready-to-drink coffees, are smaller but growing fast, according to Beverage Marketing Corp. data. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "Put Down That Spoon—This Soup Is For Drinking," 5 Jan. 2019 Beverage director Andrew Meltzer of 15 Romolo will helm drinks. Kat Odell, Vogue, "2019’s Most Anticipated American Restaurant Openings," 3 Jan. 2019 More contemporary drinks can be downed at Tales and Spirits (which also has its own shop), Door 74 (speakeasy style), or the Flying Dutchmen (teeny tiny but terrific). Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 And bread isn't the only offender: canned soups and veggies, frozen dinners, and deli meats all have high sodium counts, as do seemingly-healthy items like sports drinks and cottage cheese. Karen Ansel, Woman's Day, "This Is What Your Daily Sodium Intake Should Really Be," 14 Dec. 2018 Double-walled vacuum insulation keeps drinks hot or cold, and a press-on lid helps to prevent spills. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018 With a new season comes new drink orders, footwear choices, makeup, and of course, hair-color options. Allure, "7 Gorgeous Fall Hair-Color Trends to Try," 11 Oct. 2018 University faculty and staff can also buy drinks in-store or to-go for $1. Fox News, "Students ‘pay’ for coffee with personal data," 4 Oct. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'drink.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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 \
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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