American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To drink.
- v. To absorb or take in as if by drinking: "The whole body . . . imbibes delight through every pore” ( Henry David Thoreau).
- v. To receive and absorb into the mind: "Gladstone had . . . imbibed a strong prejudice against Americans” ( Philip Magnus).
- v. Obsolete To permeate; saturate.
- v. To drink alcoholic beverages.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To drink in; absorb by or as if by drinking: as, a sponge imbibes moisture.
- To receive or admit into the mind; imbue one's mind with: as, to imbibe errors.
- To cause to drink in; imbue.
- To drink; absorb liquid or moisture.
- v. To drink (used frequently of alcoholic beverages).
- v. figuratively To take in; as, to imbibe knowledge.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To drink in; to absorb; to soak up; to suck or take in; to receive as by drinking.
- v. To receive or absorb into the mind and retain
- v. obsolete To saturate; to imbue.
- v. receive into the mind and retain
- v. take in, also metaphorically
- v. take (gas, light or heat) into a solution
- v. take in liquids
- From Latin prefix im- ("im-") + bibere ("to drink"), whence also beverage (via Old French). (Wiktionary)
- 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. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She was pleased that he seemed to be pleased with her; he asked her to "imbibe" some ice-cream with him.”
“imbibe," settled once again to listen in gloomy silence.”
“People who socialize with heavy drinkers are more likely to imbibe a bit too much themselves.”
“They encourage him to imbibe large quantities of wine, and they then have relations with him during his intoxication.”
“Then Johnny "Rooster" Byron Mr. Rylance emerges from the trailer, does a line of coke, smokes a joint, downs more alcohol than any mortal could ever consume; you get the picture of one unsavory dude who will and does imbibe anything.”
“With their one taste-organ orifice, they consume books with a sound that, if you're not born there, takes some getting used to -- and they consume so many books so fast, that * ian authors must imbibe inspiration in some way inhumanly possible as they work without rest, coffee or praise -- for on asteroid * there is an inverse of the Earth ratio of fiction writers to readers.”
“Removed Indians could then imbibe civilization—education, Christianity, farming—in the fullness of time.”
“Those wanting to imbibe while tubing would have to bring their beverages in thermoses or other reusable containers.”
“But we know enough about Puritans to suspect that what they really disliked was the idea of a holiday where people would imbibe strong drink and generally make merry.”
“Yet many changes take place to the vegetables, fruits, cereals and nuts we are presently told to imbibe long before we see them.”
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