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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.imbiber - a person who drinks alcoholic beverages (especially to excess)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
ale drinker, beer drinker - someone whose favorite drink is beer or ale
drunk - someone who is intoxicated
drunk, drunkard, inebriate, rummy, sot, wino - a chronic drinker
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)
bacchanal, bacchant, drunken reveler, drunken reveller - someone who engages in drinking bouts
social drinker, tippler - someone who drinks liquor repeatedly in small quantities
carouser, wassailer - someone who enjoys riotous drinking
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
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