\ 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 indrank 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



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 thelanded 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 Their damage is mostly economic, coming in the form of sick days, when people are told to sit tight, drink some fluids, and wait the bug out. Gregory Barber, Wired, "Colds Nearly Vanished Under Lockdown. Now They’re Coming Back," 21 Sep. 2020 Another Harvard study found in 2017 people with colorectal cancer who drank at least four cups of coffee a day after their diagnosis had a significantly lower risk of early death than those who didn’t drink coffee. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Coffee linked to longer survival in patients with colorectal cancer, study says," 18 Sep. 2020 Liberty only went so far, though — they were only allowed to venture in a 20-mile radius of campus, and couldn’t buy or drink alcohol or eat indoors. Phillip Jackson, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland’s college bars and restaurants offer students an escape, but not from the masks and social distancing of the pandemic," 17 Sep. 2020 With the concession stands closed, the approximately 200 fans that attended Tuesday’s match didn’t need to lower their masks to eat and drink or wander around the gym. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "'It felt like a practice to me': Mercy takes down Assumption in strange 2020 season opener," 9 Sep. 2020 Drivers entering Boulder Creek these days pass a sign with an urgent message: Do not drink or boil the tap water in your home. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: A long, hot weekend," 4 Sep. 2020 Amylyx’s experimental drug combines two different agents into a powder that patients can drink mixed with water or be given through a feeding tube. Jonathan D. Rockoff, WSJ, "ALS Drug Study Signals Progress Toward Treatment for Deadly Disease," 2 Sep. 2020 Tourists are encouraged to drink at least a gallon of water each day and limit their time outside. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Death Valley Hits a Blistering 130 Degrees, Potentially Setting New Record," 19 Aug. 2020 The bars on casino floors are still open, but customers now must sit down to drink at a table or in front of a game or slot machine, which means no more walking around the floor with a cocktail in hand. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Ready or not, Detroit's three casinos reopen Wednesday with capacity restrictions," 5 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a vacuum, the items on my list might seem innocuous; working from home during a pandemic is no more hurtful than a drink of water. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | BENJAMIN WARNER: Laying claim to racism," 20 Sep. 2020 Dupre paused and took a drink of water before answering, seemingly shaken by trustees questions. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend ISD’s plans to delay re-opening schools draws mixed reviews," 4 Sep. 2020 Hummingbirds, honeybees and butterflies will sit around the edge of the water for a drink of water, too. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: The 2 easiest ways to get more birds and pollinators in your San Antonio garden right now: hummingbird feeders, birdbaths," 20 Aug. 2020 Many in the group had a drink, some ordered a second one, including top-shelf brands. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Friend grumbles over ‘split the check’ practice, considers ditching the holiday tradition," 19 Aug. 2020 Many in the group had a drink, some ordered a second one, including top-shelf brands. cleveland, "Dear Annie: Splitting the check causes a holiday headache," 18 Aug. 2020 In one study, female athletes consumed either a blueberry smoothie or a placebo drink of a similar antioxidant capacity five and 10 hours before, and then immediately, 12, and 36 hours after EIMD, which was induced by strenuous strength training. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "5 Health Benefits of Blueberries, According to a Nutritionist," 17 Aug. 2020 Wilson said his teammates, Fred Dierking, a white man, and Hogue, a Black man, would occasionally have a drink at a bar on Short Vine. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, "George Wilson reflects on Cincinnati Bearcats' NCAA Championship teams: 'We're a family'," 16 Aug. 2020 Theatergoers were invited to have a drink onstage before the show started in a functioning bar. Wendy Fox Weber, chicagotribune.com, "For suburban theater fans, Paramount Broadway series shows are a major event," 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of drink


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


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

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Last Updated

24 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Drink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drink. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce drink (audio)

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



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


\ 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



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


\ 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)

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



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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