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

In China and a few other places, onlookers will drink local yellow wine and eat sticky rice dumplings called zongzi, which are wrapped in bamboo or lotus leaves. Amy Gunia, Time, "Google Doodle Celebrates Asia's Dragon Boat Festival. Here's What to Know," 7 June 2019 That night, server Sarah de Noyo was cleaning up after closing while Woods, the brewer, drank at the bar. oregonlive.com, "West Coast Grocery fights to right ship after rough launch: Portland Breweries Series," 7 June 2019 Can the average person really drink five different brews over the course of one meal? Paul Hodgins, latimes.com, "Adult Beverages: Beer makes inroads into wine’s world, with mixed results," 6 June 2019 The study authors found that people who drink exclusively from plastic water bottles ingest an additional 90,000 microplastics each year, compared to 4,000 among those who only consume tap water. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Americans May Be Ingesting Thousands of Microplastics Every Year," 6 June 2019 On a sweaty summer night in 1969, Martin Boyce drank up the energy along Christopher Street in New York’s West Village near a bar that pulsed with secrets of the lives inside. Susan Miller, USA TODAY, "Stonewall Forever: 50 years later, digital monument debuts. LGBTQ activists say it couldn't be more timely.," 4 June 2019 And of course, each one smells just as good as the Starbucks drink they're inspired by. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Starbucks Just Launched a Lip Kit Inspired By Its Best-Selling S’mores Frappuccino," 30 Apr. 2019 There's also plenty of food and drink, door prizes, vendors and a DJ spinning music. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Top 5 events in Cincinnati this weekend," 6 July 2018 The final day meant drinking my last cup of Earl Gray tea — ever. Elissa Sanci, Woman's Day, "I Ate Like Queen Elizabeth For a Week, and It Was a Royal Pain," 18 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His breakfast sandwich, sports drink, backpack and papers were arranged around him and on the seats, so Mr. Barrientos, 23, tried to avoid making sudden moves. Christine Hauser, New York Times, "Texas Is Latest State to Pump the Brakes on Red-Light Cameras," 8 June 2019 So be a friend, invite your sister to coffee or drinks, and ask her how things are going with Jeff. Don’t press. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "How can I stop my brilliant, naive sister from getting taken in by the sleazy guy who swept her off her feet?," 8 June 2019 Hit up hotel pool parties starting around 2 p.m. for drinks, music, and poolside dancing. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Weekending in Miami? Here's Where to Stay, Eat, and Drink," 6 June 2019 Service got in the way, with young waiters unschooled in the finer points of formal service: ladies first, drinks fast, fresh silverware always and no carry-out boxes on the table. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Zero-star review: Grey Moss Inn falls behind the times northwest of San Antonio," 6 June 2019 And the last drinks at Bloody Angle, a great record bar in Shibuya. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Everything Sarah Hoover Ate on Her Two-Week Trip Through Japan," 21 May 2019 Owned by the Korea Ginseng Corporation, which produces drinks, snacks, and cosmetics made with red ginseng, everything used on my skin was spiked with the country's most treasured root. Devon Abelman, Allure, "I Got Four Facials During One Week in Seoul, and My Skin Has Never Looked Better," 18 May 2019 Banning Irn-Bru, which vies with whisky as Scotland’s national drink, for fear that its bright orange colour posed too great a risk to the ballroom’s carpet. The Economist, "How women and children might save golf in Scotland," 5 July 2018 With a record-breaking heat wave underway and the World Cup in full swing, folks in the U.K. are clamoring for thirst-quenching fizzy drinks, cold beers and meat for barbecues. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Carbon Dioxide Shortage Is Threatening the U.K.’s Supply of Beer and Crumpets," 3 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 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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