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

The woman, another female Towson student and the men were drinking before going to an apartment. Catherine Rentz, baltimoresun.com, "Ex-UMBC baseball players, part of national trend, turning tables on sexual assault accuser in court," 8 July 2019 Studies show that women — especially women in their 30s and 40s — are drinking more than ever before. Caitlin Gibson, Washington Post, "Mothers are drinking more than ever. But the sober-curious movement challenges ‘wine mom’ culture.," 7 July 2019 Morgan explained in an interview on Friday that her tea-sipping celebration wasn't intended to disrespect England, a country where drinking tea is basically its own sport. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Sophie Turner Hit Back at Critics Who Dragged Alex Morgan's Tea-Sipping Goal Celebration," 6 July 2019 Yucca Tap Room The game will be shown on a projector, while the menu will feature a Bloody Mary bar and drink specials. Julia Stumbaugh, azcentral, "Where to go in Phoenix to watch the Women's World Cup final," 5 July 2019 Senior citizens take up every third or fourth table, drinking coffee and talking. Greg Jefferson, ExpressNews.com, "Pondering what makes Jim’s Jim’s," 4 July 2019 Ocasio-Cortez claimed officers were keeping women in cells without water and making them drink out of toilets. Khushbu Shah, Teen Vogue, "AOC Called Out Border Patrol Over Detention Conditions and a Secret Facebook Group That Posted About Her," 3 July 2019 After a few weeks, those drinking the real thing slept nearly an hour and a half more per night and improved sleep efficiency (the percentage of time spent asleep while in bed). Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "7 Healthy Late-Night Snacks," 3 July 2019 Meanwhile, Alexis, who was a bit hung over from a night of drinking with Kristen Wiig, sat down at a nearby table. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Serena Williams's Husband Alexis Ohanian Gets Super Honest About Their Relationship," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This diverse drink menu offers anything from dessert martinis to fruity cocktails. Camila Vallejo, courant.com, "Happy hour of the month: Tisane Euro Asian Cafe in Hartford," 9 July 2019 Dine alfresco with views of the Inner Harbor while consuming fresh seafood and sipping frozen, boozy drinks, such as the strawberry froze and bourbon slush. John-john Williams Iv, baltimoresun.com, "Where you can find Baltimore’s bougiest brunches," 9 July 2019 For the drink: Place the block of ice in a punch bowl. M. Carrie Allan, Washington Post, "Beyond frosé: How to make rosé shine in inventive, breezy summer cocktails," 8 July 2019 From classic beignets to head-spinning hurricanes (the drinks, of course), the city has the food game on lock. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Big Freedia Whips Up Her Famous 'Booty Popping Potatoes' That Have Flavor And Bounce By The Ounce," 6 July 2019 Worried about bulging obesity levels, last year the government introduced a tax on sugary drinks, which led manufacturers to change their recipes or raise their prices. The Economist, "Boris Johnson may reverse Britain’s embrace of sin taxes," 4 July 2019 Do not drink coffee, colas or other drinks that contain caffeine. NBC News, "How to keep your family and pets safe in a heat wave," 29 June 2019 Both will be featured the drink menu for a $1 each through the end of July, according to the release. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Applebee's is offering 50-cent Dollaritas for one day only," 28 June 2019 The place to hang here is Pappy and Harriet’s, which boasts delicious food, great drinks, and live music. Jessi Walker, Marie Claire, "Take the Ultimate Southern California Road Trip," 27 June 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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