imbibe

verb im·bibe \ im-ˈbīb \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of imbibe

imbibed; imbibing
transitive verb
1 archaic : soak, steep
2 a : to receive into the mind and retain
  • imbibe moral principles
b : to assimilate or take into solution
3 a : drink
b : to take in or up
  • a sponge imbibes moisture
intransitive verb
1 : drink 2
2 a : to take in liquid
b : to absorb or assimilate moisture, gas, light, or heat

imbiber

noun

Examples of imbibe in a Sentence

  1. She imbibed vast quantities of coffee.

  2. She never imbibes but isn't offended when others do.

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Origin and Etymology of imbibe

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

imbibe Synonyms

Synonyms
belt (down), gulp, guzzle, hoist, drink, knock back, pound (down), quaff, sip, slug (down), slurp, sup, swig, swill, toss (down or off)
Related Words
lap, lick, suck; consume, down, ingurgitate, kill, mouth (down), put away; nip, tipple; pledge, toast, wine

IMBIBE Defined for English Language Learners

imbibe

verb

Definition of imbibe for English Language Learners

  • : to drink (something)

  • : to drink alcohol



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