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v. im·bibed, im·bib·ing, im·bibes
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.
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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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]
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]
syn: See drink.
Past participle: imbibed
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|Verb||1.||imbibe - 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 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"
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"
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"
gulp, quaff, swig - to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught; "The men gulped down their beers"
|4.||imbibe - receive into the mind and retain; "Imbibe ethical principles"|
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.
1. To take into the mouth and swallow (a liquid):
Idiom: wet one's whistle.
2. To take alcoholic liquor, especially excessively or habitually:
Idioms: bend the elbow, hit the bottle .