imbibe

verb
im·​bibe | \ im-ˈbīb How to pronounce imbibe (audio) \
imbibed; imbibing

Definition of imbibe

transitive verb

1a : drink
b : to take in or up a sponge imbibes moisture
2a : to receive into the mind and retain imbibe moral principles
b : to assimilate or take into solution
3 archaic : soak, steep

intransitive verb

2a : to take in liquid
b : to absorb or assimilate moisture, gas, light, or heat

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Other Words from imbibe

imbiber noun

Examples of imbibe in a Sentence

She imbibed vast quantities of coffee. She never imbibes but isn't offended when others do.
Recent Examples on the Web For The Times) There are many ways to imbibe in Vegas. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 11 July 2021 In the meantime, there is already a great wine selection to imbibe at Hazel Hill. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Guests can imbibe gin- and bourbon-based cocktails at the Fed, a lounge reminiscent of the city’s Jazz Age bars, and enjoy family-style dishes like roasted porchetta and cioppino stew prepared by chef Stephen Bukoff at the Italian restaurant Grana. New York Times, 24 June 2021 There was only one place visitors could imbibe before the new law: the NuWu Cannabis Tasting Room, a 16,000-square-foot cannabis store owned by the Paiute Tribe just north of Downtown Las Vegas. Will Yakowicz, Forbes, 11 June 2021 Safeguards can be put in place to make sure no one customer can imbibe too much. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 4 June 2021 With people gearing up for a more social summer, everyone’s looking for easy ways to imbibe in the sunshine. Chelsea Davis, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Their role in Cuban cocktail culture took shape in the 1920s during Prohibition; a time when Cuba became a hot spot for American tourists looking to imbibe. Tyler Zielinski, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Apr. 2021 The large percentage of UFC/MMA fans who smoke marijuana while enjoying the competition could be related to the propensity for athletes of the sport to imbibe in the herb themselves. A.j. Herrington, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of imbibe

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

History and Etymology for imbibe

Middle English enbiben to absorb, cause to absorb, from Latin imbibere to drink in, absorb, from in- + bibere to drink — more at potable

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18 Aug 2021

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“Imbibe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imbibe. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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imbibe

verb

English Language Learners Definition of imbibe

: to drink (something)
: to drink alcohol

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