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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.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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Nutty, it is regrettable to say, went to his room after dinner for the purpose of imbibing two or three surreptitious whiskies-and-sodas.
It was rumored that her elaborately curled "front piece" had cost five dollars, and that it was sent into Portland twice a year to be dressed and frizzed; but it is extremely difficult to discover the precise facts in such cases, and a conscientious historian always prefers to warn a too credulous reader against imbibing as gospel truth something that might be the basest perversion of it.
"Yes," replied Michel Ardan, "imbibing as it were the brilliant ether, light and heat, all life is contained in them."
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The IGP said that education was not the name of mere memorising books and passing examination but was imbibing the spirit to differentiate between good and bad and adopt positive and solution oriented approach to each and every issue.
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If we are looking at future wars, they will necessitate imbibing technology, technologies of all kinds.
He urged the Muslims to emulate the Holy Prophet Mohammed by imbibing the ideals of sacrifice exemplified by the prophet.
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From Portsmouth, N.H., to New York City to Chicago to Los Angeles, a parade of theatre companies is offering up what they hope is a tasty concoction, blending drinking and the Bard, in some cases it's the audience imbibing and in some it's the actors--some garnish scripts with improv games and pop-culture references while others prefer it straight.
The participants later repeated the test after imbibing either a placebo, a drink strong enough to produce a 0.04 percent breath-alcohol level or one that gave them a 0.065 percent level (the legal intoxication level is 0.08 percent).