drink

1 of 2

verb

drank ˈdraŋk How to pronounce drink (audio) ; drunk ˈdrəŋk How to pronounce drink (audio) or drank; drinking

transitive verb

1
a
: 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

1
a
: 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 themL. 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

2 of 2

noun

1
a
: 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
Phrases
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

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
There will also be other giveaways, as well as drink deals. Shaun Goodwin, Idaho Statesman, 8 Feb. 2024 Hatred is drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. Hazlitt, 7 Feb. 2024 According to court testimony, Grossman and former Dodgers player Erickson, 55, had been drinking cocktails at a restaurant before the crash. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2024 The essence of Elordi has been a subject of fascination since the release of Saltburn, which features a scene in which Barry Keoghan’s Oliver drinks dirty bathwater into which Elordi’s Felix had ejaculated. Kevin Dolak, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Feb. 2024 The provocative movie has inspired much discussion in response to one seen in which Keoghan's character drinks bathwater from a tub Elordi's character bathes in. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 5 Feb. 2024 Thomas even suggests drinking something non-cask strength first, to warm up. Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 4 Feb. 2024 One of those was learning to let go of things that weren’t good for you, and one of those was drinking whiskey. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 26 Jan. 2024 Calm, reserved and even-tempered, Buck doesn’t drink, dance or gamble. Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 26 Jan. 2024
Noun
And while some projections have the alcohol industry growing from $2.1 trillion in 2022 to around $4 trillion by 2029, the growth of low and non-alcohol alternative drinks is also steadily ramping up. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2024 After all, this is the same woman who asked Sam for cash to buy a drink midway through a date and then refused to return the change. Hazlitt, 7 Feb. 2024 There will also be light food and drinks available for purchase. Jody MacE, Charlotte Observer, 7 Feb. 2024 Each will feature special drinks (with or without alcohol). Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, 7 Feb. 2024 The new drink will hit national retail shelves starting Feb. 19. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2024 Assign specific dishes or food groups (see below), and invite non-cooks to bring chips, drinks, ice or a favorite condiment. Matt Brooks, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2024 Catch every moment of the action on four HD large-format flat screens and two 7-foot HD digital projection displays with full audio of the game while enjoying Novela’s signature food, drinks and game-day inspired menu items. Brittany Delay, The Mercury News, 5 Feb. 2024 Ensure all food and non food contact surfaces are smooth, non absorbent and easily cleanable. 35: Observed multiple personal drinks stored throughout the facility. Harriet Ramos, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 27 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb and Noun

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of drink was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Drink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drink. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

drink

1 of 2 verb
drank ˈdraŋk How to pronounce drink (audio) ; drunk ˈdrəŋk How to pronounce drink (audio) or drank; drinking
1
a
: to swallow liquid
c
: to take in through the senses
drink in the scenery
2
: to drink alcoholic beverages
drinker noun

drink

2 of 2 noun
1
a
b
: alcoholic liquor
2
: a draft or portion of liquid

Medical Definition

drink

1 of 2 verb
drank ˈdraŋk How to pronounce drink (audio) ; drunk ˈdrəŋk How to pronounce drink (audio) or drank; drinking

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

2 of 2 noun
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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