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.

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Or, grab a table for a more intimate imbibing experience. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Bars in Austin," 27 Feb. 2018 Hidden under the drumsticks and thighs are rafts of baguette that sat under the rotisserie, imbibing every drop that fell from the bird. New York Times, "It’s Not Fake French, It’s Frenchette," 10 July 2018 Golden Dawn Arkestra, Children of the Sun For me, savoring summer in Chicago means sitting on a patio, imbibing, and listening to music. Jamie Ludwig, Chicago Reader, "Stephanie Marlow of Indie Publicity on a brutal band with a soft spot for pitties," 10 July 2018 Made from grape brandy, it’s frequently imbibed in the form of a pisco sour or punch. Michele Parente,, "3 Peruvian powerhouses are throwing quite the birthday party for Pisco Liberty Station," 13 July 2018 One of the great pleasures of imbibing in safe, comfy surroundings, whether alone or with similarly half-baked friends, is to watch movies. Ed Symkus,, "Pot’s legal in Massachusetts, so celebrate with some stoner flicks.," 28 June 2018 The Station Drive precinct reinvents itself once more on Sunday mornings when the weekly Morning Trade Market takes over The Plant with a mix of fresh produce and artisan goods — welcome prospects after a night of imbibing. Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson, ELLE Decor, "Travel Guide: The South Africa City You've Been Overlooking," 13 Apr. 2018 But get ready to imbibe in another round with this fresh, all-natural mix with — wait for it — absolutely no sodium. NBC News, "10 guilt-free brunch recipes (that only take 30 minutes to make)," 30 Mar. 2018 Now 131 North St, Healdsburg; 707-723-4646 Where to Eat and Drink Set into a hillside overlooking a 33-acre olive grove, the bar terrace at this 35-year-old Relais & Châteaux resort is one of the most pleasant places around to imbibe. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Napa Valley and Sonoma County, California," 9 July 2018

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

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English Language Learners Definition of imbibe

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

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