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drink

play
verb \ ˈdriŋk \

Definition of drink

drank play \ˈdraŋk\; drunk play \ˈdrəŋk\ 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 1toast 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
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 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

Examples of drink in a Sentence

  1. The baby still drinks from a bottle.

  2. What would you like to drink?

  3. We drank orange juice with breakfast.

  4. I drink lots of water when I'm hiking.

  5. She drank too much last night and woke up sick this morning.

  6. It's not safe to drink and drive.

  7. She drank herself into a stupor.

  8. He nearly drank himself to death.

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Origin and Etymology of drink

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

drink Synonyms

Synonyms
belt (down), gulp, guzzle, hoist, imbibe, knock back, pound (down), quaff, sip, slug (down), slurp, sup, swig, swill, toss (down or off)
Related Words
lap, lick, suck; consume, down, ingurgitate, kill, mouth (down), put away; nip, tipple; pledge, toast, wine
Near Antonyms
abstain

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drink

noun

Definition of drink

1 a :a liquid suitable for swallowing
  • provided with food and drink
b :alcoholic beverages
2 :a draft (see 1draft 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

Examples of drink in a Sentence

  1. We serve coffee, tea, and other hot drinks.

  2. Food and drink will be provided.

  3. They went to the bar for a few drinks.

  4. Can I get you another drink?

  5. He took a long drink from his glass.

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Origin and Etymology of drink

see 1drink

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms


DRINK Defined for English Language Learners

drink

play
verb

Definition of drink for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of drink for English Language Learners

  • : a liquid that you can drink

  • : an alcoholic beverage

  • : the habit or practice of drinking a lot of alcohol


DRINK Defined for Kids

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drink

play
verb \ ˈdriŋk \

Definition of drink for Students

drank \ˈdraŋk\; drunk \ˈdrəŋk\; drinking
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.

drinker

noun

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drink

noun

Definition of drink for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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drink

play
verb \ ˈdriŋk \

medical Definition of drink

drank play \ˈdraŋk\; drunk play \ˈdrəŋk\ 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

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drink

noun

medical Definition of drink

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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