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 To cope with their lactose intolerance, early Britons may have imbibed small amounts of milk at a time or, in a more plausible scenario, processed the drink to reduce its lactose content. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Prehistoric Farmers’ Teeth Show Humans Were Drinking Animal Milk 6,000 Years Ago," 12 Sep. 2019 Those seeking something more traditional can imbibe in the Denver Vintage Jazz Festival Sept. 13-15. Bret Saunders, The Know, "Go old-school this weekend at the Denver Vintage Jazz Festival," 10 Sep. 2019 To imbibe, check in at one of the kiosks and show your ID; you’ll be issued a wristband. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Cal football fans: Here’s the new beer lineup for Memorial Stadium," 30 Aug. 2019 The late Margaret Rhodes, the Queen’s cousin, claimed that the Queen will also imbibe in a dry gin martini with lunch for good measure. Stephanie Petit,, "Queen Elizabeth Just Revealed She Doesn't Drink Wine (She Has Another Drink of Choice!)," 9 July 2019 There’s also a modest cocktail and beer list for those looking to imbibe. Grace Wong,, "Go all out on Asian-Cajun food at Spicy Fingers, plus more restaurant openings and closings," 11 Sep. 2019 Never mind that Eleven isn't even old enough to legally imbibe booze. Khanh T.l. Tran, The Hollywood Reporter, "Drink and Dish: Jessica Alba's Favorite Tequila, Cocktails Inspired by 'The Kitchen' and 'Stranger Things'," 22 Aug. 2019 After imbibing too much at a party, an unhappily single woman falls into bed with the fiance of her best friend. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 The most famous winery here, Summerhill, manifests a spiritual connection among man and nature and wine: all of its wines are aged in the winery’s landmark pyramid, so as to imbibe the energy imparted by the structure’s sacred geometry. Outside Online, "The Best Places to Savor Fall in British Columbia," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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25 Oct 2019

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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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