from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To take into the mouth and swallow (a liquid).
  • transitive v. To swallow the liquid contents of (a vessel): drank a cup of tea.
  • transitive v. To take in or soak up; absorb: drank the fresh air; spongy earth that drank up the rain.
  • transitive v. To take in eagerly through the senses or intellect: drank in the beauty of the day.
  • transitive v. To give or make (a toast).
  • transitive v. To toast (a person or an occasion, for example): We'll drink your health.
  • transitive v. To bring to a specific state by drinking alcoholic liquors: drank our sorrows away.
  • intransitive v. To swallow liquid: drank noisily; drink from a goblet.
  • intransitive v. To imbibe alcoholic liquors: They only drink socially.
  • intransitive v. To salute a person or an occasion with a toast: We will drink to your continued success.
  • n. A liquid that is fit for drinking; a beverage.
  • n. An amount of liquid swallowed: took a long drink from the fountain.
  • n. An alcoholic beverage, such as a cocktail or highball.
  • n. Excessive or habitual indulgence in alcoholic liquor.
  • n. Chiefly Southern U.S. See soft drink. See Regional Note at tonic.
  • n. Slang A body of water; the sea: The hatch cover slid off the boat and into the drink.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A served beverage.
  • n. A served alcoholic beverage.
  • n. The action of drinking, especially with the verbs take or have.
  • n. A type of beverage (usually mixed).
  • n. Alcohol beverages in general.
  • n. Any body of water.
  • v. To consume (a liquid) through the mouth.
  • v. To consume alcoholic beverages.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Liquid to be swallowed; any fluid to be taken into the stomach for quenching thirst or for other purposes, as water, coffee, or decoctions.
  • n. Specifically, intoxicating liquor.
  • intransitive v. To swallow anything liquid, for quenching thirst or other purpose; to imbibe; to receive or partake of, as if in satisfaction of thirst.
  • intransitive v. To quaff exhilarating or intoxicating liquors, in merriment or feasting; to carouse; to revel; hence, to lake alcoholic liquors to excess; to be intemperate in the �se of intoxicating or spirituous liquors; to tipple.
  • transitive v. To swallow (a liquid); to receive, as a fluid, into the stomach; to imbibe.
  • transitive v. To take in (a liquid), in any manner; to suck up; to absorb; to imbibe.
  • transitive v. To take in; to receive within one, through the senses; to inhale; to hear; to see.
  • transitive v. To smoke, as tobacco.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To swallow water or other fluid.
  • Specifically
  • To imbibe spirituous liquors, especially habitually or to excess; be intemperate in the use of spirituous liquors.
  • To swallow (a liquid); receive (a fluid) into the stomach through the mouth; imbibe: as, to drink water or wine.
  • To affect in a specific way by or in drinking; induce a condition in by the act or example of drinking: as, to drink a bowl empty; he drank his companions drunk.
  • To suck in; absorb; imbibe.
  • Figuratively, to take in through the senses, as the ear or eye, with eagerness and pleasure: with reference to utterance or appearance.
  • To take in (vapor, fumes, or smoke); inhale: as, to drink the air. Old writers often used drink for smoke with reference to tobacco.
  • To draw up or exhaust: as, the heated air drinks up the moisture of the earth.
  • n. Any liquid, as water or wine, swallowed or taken into the stomach as a beverage for quenching thirst, or for medicinal purposes.
  • n. Specifically Strong or intoxicating liquor; alcoholic stimulants collectively: as, a craving for drink.
  • n. A draught; as much of any liquid as is or may be taken at one time; a potion: as, a long drink of lemonade; have a drink.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. propose a toast to
  • v. be fascinated or spell-bound by; pay close attention to
  • n. any large deep body of water
  • v. take in liquids
  • v. drink excessive amounts of alcohol; be an alcoholic
  • n. the act of swallowing
  • n. any liquid suitable for drinking
  • n. the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess
  • n. a single serving of a beverage
  • v. consume alcohol


Middle English drinken, from Old English drincan; see dhreg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English drinken, from Old English drincan ("to drink, swallow up, engulf"), from Proto-Germanic *drinkanan (“to drink”), *drengkan, of uncertain origin; possibly from Proto-Indo-European *dhrengh- (“to draw into one's mouth, sip, gulp”), nasalised variant of *dhregh- (“to draw, glide”). Cognate with West Frisian drinke ("to drink"), Dutch drinken ("to drink"), German trinken ("to drink"), Danish drikke ("to drink"). (Wiktionary)
Old English drync (Wiktionary)



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