imbibe

verb

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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

1
2
a
: to take in liquid
b
: to absorb or assimilate moisture, gas, light, or heat
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 If Annie hadn’t imbibed after taking a sedative, who knows what fun Lillian’s group of gal pals could have experienced in Vegas? Blake Bakkila, Sunset Magazine, 15 Mar. 2024 Elevate your imbibing The art of cocktail making in NOLA is rich, deep and long. Lanee Lee, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 For those striking at the gates of the SRW scrap metal plant, just outside Germany’s eastern city of Leipzig, time can be counted not just in days — 136 so far — but in the thousands of card games played, the liters of coffee imbibed and the armfuls of firewood burned. Erika Solomon, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024 Joy Randolph and Emma Stone happily imbibe and host Jimmy Kimmel has celebs take a shot of Tequila Don Julio during the show. Stephanie Sengwe, Peoplemag, 11 Mar. 2024 Customers can also imbibe Guinness pints ($5), Jameson shots ($4) and Irish car bombs ($7). The Indianapolis Star, 13 Mar. 2024 The cream pies are made using mascarpone cheese — the same cheese used in tiramisu — imbibing them with a defiant silkiness. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 18 Feb. 2024 At a time when institutions are often considered merely platforms for personal advancement, McConnell deeply imbibed the history and practices of the Senate and was protective of its norms and traditions. The Editors, National Review, 29 Feb. 2024 Liquid Refreshment for the Whiskey-Averse For those who can’t stand the taste of whiskey but still like to imbibe, Louisville is rife with top-notch breweries and cocktail bars scattered all throughout its limits. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of imbibe was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Imbibe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imbibe. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

imbibe

verb
im·​bibe im-ˈbīb How to pronounce imbibe (audio)
imbibed; imbibing
1
: to receive into the mind and retain
imbibe knowledge
2
imbiber noun

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