\ ˈdriŋk How to pronounce drink (audio) \
drank\ ˈdraŋk How to pronounce drink (audio) \; drunk\ ˈdrəŋk How to pronounce drink (audio) \ or drank; drinking

Definition of drink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : swallow, imbibe drink a glass of water
b : to take in or suck up : absorb drinking air into his lungs
c : to take in or receive avidly usually used with in drank in every word of the lecture
2 : to join in a toast (see toast entry 1 sense 2a) to I'll drink your good health.
3 : to bring to a specified state by drinking alcoholic beverages drank himself into oblivion

intransitive verb

1a : to take liquid into the mouth for swallowing eating and drinking
b : to receive into one's consciousness drinking deep of the culture which surrounds them— L. R. Ward
2 : to partake of alcoholic beverages has quit drinking
3 : to make or join in a toast I'll drink to that!
drink the Kool-Aid
[after a 1978 mass suicide in Guyana brought about when members of the Peoples Temple cult were ordered to consume a flavored drink mixed with cyanide] : to comply unquestioningly with the demands or policies of a particular leader, ideology, or organization



Definition of drink (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a liquid suitable for swallowing provided with food and drink
b : alcoholic beverages
2 : a draft (see draft entry 1 sense 2b) or portion of liquid poured herself a drink
3 : excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages he took to drink when his business failed
4 : a sizable body of water used with the landed in the drink

Examples of drink in a Sentence

Verb The baby still drinks from a bottle. What would you like to drink? We drank orange juice with breakfast. I drink lots of water when I'm hiking. She drank too much last night and woke up sick this morning. It's not safe to drink and drive. She drank herself into a stupor. He nearly drank himself to death. Noun We serve coffee, tea, and other hot drinks. Food and drink will be provided. They went to the bar for a few drinks. Can I get you another drink? He took a long drink from his glass. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There will be live music, food and drink samples, a beer garden and more! Naomi Stock, Anchorage Daily News, 12 May 2022 However, most food and drink items and containers are not permitted in the pool area. Caroline Tien, San Antonio Express-News, 11 May 2022 Weird and wonderful food and drink pairings Dessert wine with mac and cheese. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 9 May 2022 Customers at Olla Cov can enjoy food and drink specials today, including $2 chicken or chorizo tacos, $2 Jello shots, $4 Patron shots and $5 margaritas. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 5 May 2022 Each year, her team tastes hundreds of food and drink products and conducts dozens of taste tests. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 29 Apr. 2022 Tickets include general admission to the event, which includes entertainment and access to food and drink vendors. Sara Butler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Apr. 2022 The city also has a Little Italy, now known for its food and drink scene but originally home to immigrant fishermen. Bailey Schulz, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2022 For them, there is a separate Silver Lounge that is less opulent but still has lots of food and drink options and showers. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Choose one of our classic cocktails like our Mary Pickford or East Bayside for a fancy (but easy) drink sure to standout. Taylor Worden, Good Housekeeping, 13 May 2022 In the snap, which looks like it was taken in the early 2010s, a young Lizzo is seen holding a drink and smiling from ear-to-ear next to a smoldering Pattinson at what seems to be a small music venue or bar. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 13 May 2022 What better way to stay in good spirits than having a delicious drink or two to ward off any bad luck? Forrest Brown, CNN, 13 May 2022 Vietnamese coffee is a fantastic drink for the summer, combining a caffeine kick with the slight sweetness of condensed milk. Thomas Hindle, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 May 2022 That mission has paid off, with women’s sports aficionados filling the small space on a regular basis to grab a drink and enjoy a game with family or friends. Julie Compton, NBC News, 13 May 2022 Teens at a party drink from plastic cups, but no one acts drunk. Common Sense Media, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Natalie Tene, 32, said Batali forcibly kissed her and grabbed her breasts, buttocks and groin after meeting him in a Boston bar while having a drink with a friend in March 2017. Mark Osborne, ABC News, 10 May 2022 With this question, Zoa and four young, attractive, and social media-active boys and girls are invited to the most exclusive party in history, set on a secret island and organized by the brand of a new drink. Andy Meek, BGR, 9 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of drink


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for drink

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Old English drincan; akin to Old High German trinkan to drink

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More Definitions for drink


\ ˈdriŋk How to pronounce drink (audio) \
drank\ ˈdraŋk \; drunk\ ˈdrəŋk \; drinking

Kids Definition of drink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to swallow liquid
2 : to absorb a liquid Plants drink up water.
3 : to drink alcoholic beverages
4 : to take in through the senses He drank in the beautiful scenery.

Other Words from drink

drinker noun



Kids Definition of drink (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a liquid safe for swallowing Food and drink will be provided.
2 : an amount of liquid swallowed a drink of water
3 : alcoholic beverages


\ ˈdriŋk How to pronounce drink (audio) \
drank\ ˈdraŋk How to pronounce drink (audio) \; drunk\ ˈdrəŋk How to pronounce drink (audio) \ or drank; drinking

Medical Definition of drink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: swallow, imbibe drink liquid

intransitive verb

1 : to take liquid into the mouth for swallowing
2 : to partake of alcoholic beverages especially habitually specifically : to indulge in alcoholic beverages with disagreeable effect



Medical Definition of drink (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : liquid suitable for swallowing especially to quench thirst or to provide nourishment or refreshment
2 : alcoholic liquor
3 : a draft or portion of liquid (as water or a prepared beverage) taken or to be taken by an individual at one time

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