drink

verb
\ 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 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

Dexter reportedly drank alcohol sparingly, but liked to entertain his friends and colleagues. Boston.com Real Estate, "Listed: Manchester-by-the-Sea mansion had a siren, vaults, and guards to protect liquor stash," 11 Sep. 2019 So [pharmaceutical companies have] worried about people injuring themselves by, say, drinking hot coffee. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "What Chili Peppers Can Teach Us about Pain," 5 Sep. 2019 Prevent these beleaguering effects from occurring in the first place by drinking plenty of water and committing to an in-flight beauty regimen. Andrea Cheng, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Skin Care Routine For Your Next Flight: A Step-By-Step Guide," 30 Aug. 2019 The combination of hot days and warm nights is expected to increase the threat of heat illness, and the NWS urged residents to drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors. Ramona Sentinel, "Labor Day weekend expected to bring extreme heat to desert," 29 Aug. 2019 Why don’t hummingbirds get fat or sick from drinking sugary nectar? Jessica Pollock, The Conversation, "Curious kids: Why don’t hummingbirds get fat or sick from drinking sugary nectar?," 23 Aug. 2019 People are advised to drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun — and in air conditioning, if possible — and check up on relatives and neighbors. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Strong thunderstorms, lighting cause damage and power outages across southern Connecticut," 20 Aug. 2019 The weather service also said people should drink plenty of fluids, and not leave pets or children in cars. Joseph Geha, The Mercury News, "Hot desert air mass driving up Bay Area temperatures, heat advisory in effect," 14 Aug. 2019 Deputy District Attorney Cally Bright told jurors in her opening statement that Bayne had been drinking alcoholic beverages throughout the day, starting that morning. Pomerado News, "Jury convicts driver in fatal 4S Ranch crash," 8 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When in Tempe, head to these spots for happy hour menus that cover both food and drinks. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "13 places for happy hour in Tempe," 13 Sep. 2019 And a spokesman for Juul, Ted Kwong, said before Wednesday’s announcement by Trump that the company would support an outright ban on flavors that mimic kid candies, foods and drinks. Washington Post, "Mint, menthol: Vape industry has dug heels in on flavor bans," 12 Sep. 2019 There will be live music by The Roundups from 12:30 to 2 p.m. followed by The Scofflaws from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Will there be food or drinks? Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Benton House Tour of Homes to feature 10 historic Irvington places," 11 Sep. 2019 The 18th annual Ravenswood Art Walk (RAW) offers two days of tours of art galleries and other local spaces as well as plenty of local art, food and drinks for purchase, plus plenty of entertainment from the neighborhood. Adam Lukach, chicagotribune.com, "Things to do in Chicago this weekend: The Rickmobile pop-up, French bulldog ‘pawty,’ Nick Offerman, Wine Fest on the Beach," 11 Sep. 2019 Cost is $35 – limited tickets available – for food, drinks, a 50/50 raffle and raffle baskets. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Stomp, Tri-C’s new teal triceratops mascot, visits Western Campus: Sun Postings," 10 Sep. 2019 On top of parties and parades, families often set up ofrendas, or altars, featuring photographs of late relatives as well as their favorite food and drinks. Jessie Yeung, CNN Style, "New 'Day of the Dead Barbie' celebrates Mexican holiday," 10 Sep. 2019 One crew member, apparently confused about the set up, reportedly texted an acquaintance, saying their daily per diem didn’t cover food and drinks at the Trump resort. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "US military spent $17.2 million at Scottish airport near Trump resort," 9 Sep. 2019 For hours, locals helped hauling equipment to and from the butchering area and brought food and drinks to those working on the bowhead. Shady Grove Oliver, Anchorage Daily News, "Nuiqsut and Kaktovik crews land whales as fall hunt begins on North Slope," 4 Sep. 2019

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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 and Noun

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

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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 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

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 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)

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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