\ 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 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 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 No one can debate that, and plenty of people don’t drink enough of it. Madge Maril, Harper's BAZAAR, "Yes, There Is Such a Thing as Drinking Too Much Water," 10 May 2021 Utah lawmakers, most of whom, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, do not drink alcohol. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Can the DABC become a 21st-century business? Here’s how Utah’s new liquor boss aims to do it.," 2 Apr. 2021 The court actions follow an FDA warning last week not to drink, cook with, sell or serve Real Water, which is marketed widely in the U.S. NBC News, "Lawsuits mount for Nevada-based Real Water, amid FDA probe," 25 Mar. 2021 The longtime scratch-off player of Sparta, Tenn. — with one $500 win under his belt from about six years ago — grabbed something to drink, two scratch-offs and a Tennessee Cash lottery ticket. Washington Post, "He hit a $1.2 million jackpot, then lost the winning lottery ticket," 22 Mar. 2021 Those who tend to get their cupful down fast needn’t drink from anything fancier than a diner-style ceramic mug. Sara Bosworth, WSJ, "These Mugs Keep Your Coffee Hot Longer," 16 Mar. 2021 Malik also said that a customer who has a problem wearing a mask often needs to leave anyway for being rowdy or having too much to drink. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "‘We’re not going to fight it’: Many Deep Ellum bars and restaurants take a relaxed approach as mask mandate is lifted," 11 Mar. 2021 The nightmare is that a human will decide to turn-off the AI driving system, perhaps doing so after coming out of a nighttime bar and having had too much to drink, and opt to drive the vehicle. Lance Eliot, Forbes, "Convincing A Self-Driving Car To Go Where You Want It To Go When It Won’t Go There," 27 Feb. 2021 On the flip side, supertasters don’t drink much alcohol or smoke due to the bitterness. Lisa Zwirn, BostonGlobe.com, "How taste and smell work (and why you really don’t want COVID-19 to take these senses away)," 26 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Others are plying their office staff with free food and drink. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, "Barbados Trip? A Tesla? Returning to the Office at This Firm Has Its Rewards," 2 May 2021 Aside from live music inside and outside of the arena, food and drink specials and fan activities, the team's corporate partners are involved in fan giveaways. Jose M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Coyotes' first game on Cinco de Mayo will be celebration of fans, new thinking," 1 May 2021 Thailand briefly banned food and drink service, as well as newspapers and magazines, on domestic flights as a preventative measure. Lilit Marcus, CNN, "Japanese airline debuts hands-free plane lavatory doors," 30 Apr. 2021 Partiers can check-in at Sideshow on Wall Street beginning at 7:30 p.m. before heading to other venues for food and drink specials. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Cinco de Mayo: Where to celebrate in Orlando," 30 Apr. 2021 Food and drink service is limited due to the pandemic. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "New US airline has $19 fares, $10 checked bags and flies out of small airports: Meet Avelo Airlines," 29 Apr. 2021 May 3 will be the first day that restaurants, bars and other food and drink vendors can apply for the federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Restaurants and bars can start applying for federal COVID relief on May 3," 27 Apr. 2021 The event offers food and drink specials, free swag, mascot and alumni appearances, plus raffles benefitting a local charity. cleveland, "NFL Draft in Cleveland: 12 can’t-miss things to do while you’re in town," 25 Apr. 2021 There was a world of stress around Rudin’s food and drink preferences. Helen Shaw, Vulture, "Scott Rudin, As Told by His Assistants," 23 Apr. 2021

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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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16 May 2021

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“Drink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drink. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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 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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