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 Thirsty travelers can imbibe at Kinkaider Brewing Company, which offers a taproom and restaurant in the gateway to the Sandhills. Katy Spratte Joyce, Travel + Leisure, "7 Best Midwest Road Trips in the U.S.," 14 June 2020 Maybe imbibing is bigger than any of us really took time to consider before. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: The Cincinnati Bengals aren't keeping Andy Dalton. Now, what?," 2 Apr. 2020 That, my wine-loving, beer-drinking, cocktail-imbibing friends, includes alcohol. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Bad breath behind that coronavirus mask? 10 reasons -- and remedies -- for your halitosis," 5 May 2020 Trying to imbibe yourself into oblivion is probably a bad idea, according to all the experts. Walter Nicklin, Washington Post, "He was dreading his 13-hour flight. So he asked experts for some tips.," 6 Nov. 2019 And mocktails like virgin mojitos, piña coladas and margaritas can be good options for those who aren’t imbibing alcohol. Anna Goldfarb, New York Times, "How to Have a Successful Virtual Happy Hour," 20 Mar. 2020 The expansive kitchen at 100 Saint Tropez Drive in Southlake has a place for foodies to cook, imbibe and retreat before, during and after the game. Dallas News, "Your Super Bowl party home awaits," 2 Feb. 2020 Saloon alleges 'selective enforcement' Doc Holliday’s Saloon, according to a liquor investigator’s report, did not do a good job of disarming its alcohol-imbibing patrons, as required by law. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Doc Holliday's Saloon in Tombstone spoiling for fight with Arizona liquor police over guns," 17 Feb. 2020 Worse, imbibing became a duty instead of a release from work. Hugo Restall, WSJ, "‘Drunk in China’ Review: The Proletariat’s White Wine," 16 Jan. 2020

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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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“Imbibe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of imbibe

formal + often humorous
: to drink (something)
: to drink alcohol

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