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

Sophomore Timothy Piazza, 19, died February 4, 2017, after drinking large quantities of alcohol during his first night of pledging at Beta Theta Pi fraternity. BostonGlobe.com, "The NFL awarded three grants for player safety research. Here’s a closer look at the companies - The Boston Globe," 14 July 2018 Thai health officials said the boys and their coach survived by drinking water dripping inside the Tham Luang cave, the Associated Press reports. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Thai Soccer Players Wave in First Hospital Footage Since Dramatic Cave Rescue," 11 July 2018 Lieutenant McCready, who was in charge of our Landfall Team, had jeopardized the lives of the officers that were working and the residents by drinking alcohol. Fox News, "Florida police emergency-response team drank beer before city was slammed with Hurricane Irma: report," 10 July 2018 An algae bloom in 2014 in Lake Erie in Ohio left 500,000 people without drinking water for three days. Melissa Gomez, New York Times, "Algae Bloom in Florida Prompts Fears About Harm to Health and Economy," 9 July 2018 While several people in the comments of her post agreed with her, many called out her out for drinking the juice out of an aluminum can, rather than fresh juice, because apparently the results aren’t the same. refinery29.com, "Kim Kardashian West Reminds Us How Much She Loves Pineapple Juice, Yet Again," 8 July 2018 Please celebrate this joyous news by drinking a jug of iced coffee on me. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Does Coffee Dehydrate You? Nope, Says Science," 2 July 2018 One 104-year-old woman attributes her longevity to drinking 3 Dr. Pepper sodas per day for 40 years. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Study Suggests There’s No Limit on Longevity, But Getting Super Old Is Still Tough," 29 June 2018 About 100 people were ticketed on the beach and boardwalk during that same period for drinking under the age of 21. Avalon R. Zoppo, Philly.com, "Senior Week in Wildwood: A money-making machine that residents love to hate," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Especially after a drink, Mr Griffiths’s tongue could be harsh. The Economist, "Capturing the voice of a brilliant, unorthodox teacher of literature," 28 June 2018 The campaign against them accelerated this week amid news that major companies like Starbucks, American Airlines and Hyatt are drastically reducing their use, in some cases opting for straw-less plastic tops on some drinks instead. Gina Martinez, Time, "'Disabled People Are Not Part of the Conversation.' Advocates Speak Out Against Plastic Straw Bans," 12 July 2018 And bring your cookies and cucumber salad — outside food, drinks, coolers, lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Nickel Plate District Amphitheater reopens in Fishers," 12 July 2018 Dysgeusia is a common side effect of chemotherapy and makes food and drinks taste bitter or bland. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "Czech beer brewed to aid cancer patients with loss of taste, appetite," 10 July 2018 The American Beverage Association, which represents Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and others, has backed the statewide bans after several cities passed taxes on sugary drinks in recent years. Jonathan J. Cooper, BostonGlobe.com, "California lawmakers pass ban on local soda taxes," 29 June 2018 Philadelphia, Seattle and Boulder, Colorado also have taxes on sugary drinks. NBC News, "California bows to beverage industry, blocks soda taxes," 29 June 2018 Philadelphia, Seattle and Boulder, Colorado also have taxes on sugary drinks. Jonathan J. Cooper, chicagotribune.com, "California bows to beverage industry, blocks soda taxes," 29 June 2018 But any cities, towns, or counties looking to put a surcharge on sugary drinks will be out of luck until at least 2030 following the passage of a statewide soda tax ban signed by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "The Crazy Story Behind Why California Just Banned Soda Taxes," 29 June 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

Middle English, from Old English drincan; akin to Old High German trinkan to drink

Noun

see drink entry 1

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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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