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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.]
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|Noun||1.||imbiber - a person who drinks alcoholic beverages (especially to excess)|
consumer - a person who uses goods or services
bar fly - a drinker who frequents bars
drunk - someone who is intoxicated
guzzler - someone who drinks heavily (especially alcoholic beverages); "he's a beer guzzler every night"
moderationist - a moderate drinker (as opposed to a total abstainer)