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im·bibe

 (ĭm-bīb′)
v. im·bibed, im·bib·ing, im·bibes
v.tr.
1. To drink.
2. To absorb or take in as if by drinking: "The whole body ... imbibes delight through every pore" (Henry David Thoreau).
3. To receive and absorb into the mind: "Gladstone had ... imbibed a strong prejudice against Americans" (Philip Magnus).
4. Obsolete To permeate; saturate.
v.intr.
To drink alcoholic beverages.

[Middle English embiben, to soak up, saturate, from Latin imbibere, to drink in, imbibe : in-, in; see in-2 + bibere, to drink; see pō(i)- in Indo-European roots.]

im·bib′er n.

imbibe

(ɪmˈbaɪb)
vb
1. to drink (esp alcoholic drinks)
2. literary to take in or assimilate (ideas, facts, etc): to imbibe the spirit of the Renaissance.
3. (tr) to take in as if by drinking: to imbibe fresh air.
4. to absorb or cause to absorb liquid or moisture; assimilate or saturate
[C14: from Latin imbibere, from bibere to drink]
imˈbiber n

im•bibe

(ɪmˈbaɪb)

v. -bibed, -bib•ing. v.t.
1. to consume (liquids) by drinking; drink.
2. to absorb or soak up: Plants imbibe light from the sun.
3. to receive into the mind: to imbibe a sermon.
v.i.
4. to drink, esp. alcoholic beverages.
5. to absorb liquid or moisture.
[1350–1400; Middle English enbiben < Middle French embiber < Latin imbibere to drink in =im- im-1 + bibere to drink]
im•bib′er, n.
syn: See drink.

imbibe


Past participle: imbibed
Gerund: imbibing

Imperative
imbibe
imbibe
Present
I imbibe
you imbibe
he/she/it imbibes
we imbibe
you imbibe
they imbibe
Preterite
I imbibed
you imbibed
he/she/it imbibed
we imbibed
you imbibed
they imbibed
Present Continuous
I am imbibing
you are imbibing
he/she/it is imbibing
we are imbibing
you are imbibing
they are imbibing
Present Perfect
I have imbibed
you have imbibed
he/she/it has imbibed
we have imbibed
you have imbibed
they have imbibed
Past Continuous
I was imbibing
you were imbibing
he/she/it was imbibing
we were imbibing
you were imbibing
they were imbibing
Past Perfect
I had imbibed
you had imbibed
he/she/it had imbibed
we had imbibed
you had imbibed
they had imbibed
Future
I will imbibe
you will imbibe
he/she/it will imbibe
we will imbibe
you will imbibe
they will imbibe
Future Perfect
I will have imbibed
you will have imbibed
he/she/it will have imbibed
we will have imbibed
you will have imbibed
they will have imbibed
Future Continuous
I will be imbibing
you will be imbibing
he/she/it will be imbibing
we will be imbibing
you will be imbibing
they will be imbibing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been imbibing
you have been imbibing
he/she/it has been imbibing
we have been imbibing
you have been imbibing
they have been imbibing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been imbibing
you will have been imbibing
he/she/it will have been imbibing
we will have been imbibing
you will have been imbibing
they will have been imbibing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been imbibing
you had been imbibing
he/she/it had been imbibing
we had been imbibing
you had been imbibing
they had been imbibing
Conditional
I would imbibe
you would imbibe
he/she/it would imbibe
we would imbibe
you would imbibe
they would imbibe
Past Conditional
I would have imbibed
you would have imbibed
he/she/it would have imbibed
we would have imbibed
you would have imbibed
they would have imbibed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.imbibe - take in, also metaphoricallyimbibe - take in, also metaphorically; "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words"
mop, mop up, wipe up - to wash or wipe with or as if with a mop; "Mop the hallway now"; "He mopped her forehead with a towel"
blot - dry (ink) with blotting paper
sponge up - absorb as if with a sponge; "sponge up the spilled milk on the counter"
2.imbibe - take (gas, light or heat) into a solutionimbibe - take (gas, light or heat) into a solution
absorb - become imbued; "The liquids, light, and gases absorb"
3.imbibe - take in liquids; "The patient must drink several liters each day"; "The children like to drink soda"
ingest, consume, have, take in, take - serve oneself to, or consume regularly; "Have another bowl of chicken soup!"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee"
swill down, swill - drink large quantities of (liquid, especially alcoholic drink)
suck - draw into the mouth by creating a practical vacuum in the mouth; "suck the poison from the place where the snake bit"; "suck on a straw"; "the baby sucked on the mother's breast"
guggle, gurgle - drink from a flask with a gurgling sound
sip - drink in sips; "She was sipping her tea"
guzzle - drink greedily or as if with great thirst; "The boys guzzled the cheap vodka"
lap up, lick, lap - take up with the tongue; "The cat lapped up the milk"; "the cub licked the milk from its mother's breast"
drain the cup, drink up - drink to the last drop; "drink up--there's more wine coming"
gulp, quaff, swig - to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught; "The men gulped down their beers"
belt down, bolt down, down, drink down, pour down, toss off, pop, kill - drink down entirely; "He downed three martinis before dinner"; "She killed a bottle of brandy that night"; "They popped a few beer after work"
4.imbibe - receive into the mind and retain; "Imbibe ethical principles"
assimilate, ingest, absorb, take in - take up mentally; "he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"

imbibe

verb (Formal)
1. drink, consume, knock back (informal), neck (slang), sink (informal), swallow, suck, hoover (informal), swig (informal), quaff They were used to imbibing enormous quantities of alcohol.
2. absorb, receive, take in, gain, gather, acquire, assimilate, ingest He'd imbibed a set of mystical beliefs from the cradle.

imbibe

verb
1. To take into the mouth and swallow (a liquid):
Informal: swig, toss down (or off).
Slang: belt.
2. To take alcoholic liquor, especially excessively or habitually:
Informal: nip, soak.
Slang: booze, lush, tank up.
Idioms: bend the elbow, hit the bottle .
3. To take in (moisture or liquid):
4. To take in and incorporate, especially mentally:
Informal: soak (up).
Translations
juoda

imbibe

[ɪmˈbaɪb]
A. VT (frm) (= drink) → beber (fig) [+ atmosphere] → empaparse de; [+ information] → imbuirse de (frm), empaparse de
B. VI (o.f., also hum) → beber

imbibe

vt
(form, hum)trinken, bechern (hum)
(fig) ideas, informationin sich (acc)aufnehmen
vi (hum: = drink) → viel trinken

imbibe

[ɪmˈbaɪb] vt (frm) (also) (hum) (drink) → bere (fig) (absorb) → assorbire, assimilare
References in classic literature ?
You see I'm going to imbibe my information by the deductive rather than the excavative process," he added with a laugh.
They looked longingly through the glass, getting some little comfort from the titles of the volumes, as hungry children imbibe emotional nourishment from the pies and tarts inside a confectioner's window.
Moreover, slaves are like other people, and imbibe prejudices quite common to others.
I do not willingly enter into arithmetical explanations with an artist like you, who fears to enter my study lest she should imbibe disagreeable or anti-poetic impressions and sensations.
It is a shame to leave him to be educated by our enemies, who will give him evil counsel; whereas, brought up by the coadjutor, for instance, he would imbibe national principles and love his people.
At first, it lay lightly on the surface of the fluid, appearing to imbibe none of its moisture.
The king, we have said, was riding with his head cast down, his arms inert, leaving his horse to go what pace he liked, whilst Parry, behind him, the better to imbibe the genial influence of the sun, had taken off his hat, and was looking about right and left.
Ill would it become a teacher of the divine art of medicine," said Professor Pietro Baglioni, in answer to a question of Giovanni, "to withhold due and well-considered praise of a physician so eminently skilled as Rappaccini; but, on the other hand, I should answer it but scantily to my conscience were I to permit a worthy youth like yourself, Signor Giovanni, the son of an ancient friend, to imbibe erroneous ideas respecting a man who might hereafter chance to hold your life and death in his hands.
At thy behest I will shake off that nature Which from my, forefathers I did inherit, Which with my mother's milk I did imbibe, And be no more Politian, but some other.
The highest wisdom and truth are like the purest liquid we may wish to imbibe," he said.
He now endeavored as well as he was able to dispel his gloom, which was caused by outward chance circumstances merely, and on the bosom of nature imbibe the milk of purest human enjoyment.
Thus, like figs, do these doctrines fall for you, my friends: imbibe now their juice and their sweet substance