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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 Indo-European roots.]

im·bib′er n.
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Noun1.imbibing - the act of consuming liquidsimbibing - the act of consuming liquids  
consumption, ingestion, intake, uptake - the process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating)
guzzling, swilling, gulping - the drinking of large mouthfuls rapidly
potation - the act of drinking (especially an alcoholic drink)
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Becoming habituated to her companionship, Clifford readily showed how capable of imbibing pleasant tints and gleams of cheerful light from all quarters his nature must originally have been.
So that there are instances among them of men, who, named with Scripture names --a singularly common fashion on the island --and in childhood naturally imbibing the stately dramatic thee and thou of the Quaker idiom; still, from the audacious, daring, and boundless adventure of their subsequent lives, strangely blend with these unoutgrown peculiarities, a thousand bold dashes of character, not unworthy a Scandinavian sea-king, or a poetical Pagan Roman.
Haley, who had been imbibing very freely of the staple of the evening, began to feel a sensible elevation and enlargement of his moral faculties,--a phenomenon not unusual with gentlemen of a serious and reflective turn, under similar circumstances.
with a fervid temperament, which helped him better in imbibing religious ideas than in the dry process of acquiring the mere human knowledge of the alphabet.
Here again Hunsden suited me: if there was one generally received practice I abhorred more than another, it was the habitual imbibing of spirits and strong wines.
But in not a single instance did it seem as if the wood were imbibing the ethereal essence of humanity.
Old Sir Huddleston wheezed a great deal at dinner; Sir Giles Wapshot had a particularly noisy manner of imbibing his soup, and her ladyship a wink of the left eye; all of which Becky caricatured to admiration; as well as the particulars of the night's conversation; the politics; the war; the quarter- sessions; the famous run with the H.
Nutty, it is regrettable to say, went to his room after dinner for the purpose of imbibing two or three surreptitious whiskies-and-sodas.
In message delivered ahead of his birth anniversary, which falls on Sunday (April 13), Ansari called on the citizens of the country to commit ourselves to imbibing Lord Mahavira's noble message of cultivating right beliefs, right knowledge and right conduct, in order to build a non-violent and compassionate world.
Imbibing It is small wonder young people that so many young people are fat for these coffees are calorific.
Karachi -- President Asif Ali Zardari has said that Pakistan is passing through turbulent times and the need for imbibing the spirit of tolerance and harmony has never been as great as it is today.
Seeds collected from low-elevation sites responded to limitation of soil moisture by imbibing less water than seeds collected from high-elevation sites (Lei, 2007).