\ ˈdriŋk How to pronounce drink (audio) \
drank\ ˈdraŋk How to pronounce drink (audio) \; drunk\ ˈdrəŋk How to pronounce drink (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 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

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 the landed in the drink

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 Some food and drink manufacturers in Russia have also struggled with securing enough packaging after giants like Tetra Pak exited the market. Mary Ilyushina, Washington Post, 12 June 2022 People who order something else and then want your food or drink. Olivia Muenter, Woman's Day, 8 June 2022 Celebrity chef Angelo Sosa of Tia Carmen, chef Dushyant Singh of Weft & Warp Art Bar and Kitchen, Nik Fields of Chic Chef, top mixologist Kim Haasarud of Garden Bar and other Valley food and drink icons will serve up samples. Felicia Campbell, The Arizona Republic, 6 June 2022 Live music, with food and drink available for purchase. Cathy Kozlowicz, Journal Sentinel, 3 June 2022 Running from January 12 to January 16, the Cayman Cookout is offering a litany of events that will appeal to all sorts of food and drink enthusiasts. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 1 June 2022 Pop up food truck experience featuring food and drink options. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 1 June 2022 The backlot area had been peppered with multiple food and drink options, but there was curiously not a scrap of food within easy access of the Beverly Hilton exhibition tent. Deborah Vankinstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2022 Some analysts have called for Unilever to split its food and drink brands from its home and personal care division. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 31 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Eegee's: The regional chain with more than 30 locations in Tucson and the East Valley is named for its signature drink, a frozen fruit beverage that comes in flavors such as lemon, strawberry and piña colada. Michael Salerno, The Arizona Republic, 17 June 2022 This tie-dye table is ultralight, packs into a tiny tote, and stretches taut to safely hold your drink. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 16 June 2022 Developed by Napa Valley winemakers Dave Phinney and Joe Wagner, Cliché pitches its chic-looking drink as the hard seltzer for wine lovers. Brittany Martin, Outside Online, 9 June 2022 My drink is tequila and lime juice, and everyone knows this. Emily Longeretta, Variety, 5 June 2022 What could have been a nuisance — a man knocking over your drink to get your attention — ended up working for her. Essence, 3 June 2022 His drink of choice was Chablis [wine] and crushed ice. Jodi Guglielmi, Rolling Stone, 26 May 2022 An employee was working during the lunch rush at Umai Savory Hot Dogs at the Stonestown mall in San Francisco on Friday, May 13, when an angry customer suddenly chucked her drink directly at the staff member and cursed at her. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 May 2022 Her drink of choice for a morning interview with a journalist (Jonathan Mallard) is a glass of gin, but both the booze and the conversation are abandoned soon after the subject of Louis arises. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 May 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for drink


\ 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 drink (audio) \; drunk\ ˈdrəŋk How to pronounce drink (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



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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