- a simple past tense and past participle of drink.
- to take water or other liquid into the mouth and swallow it; imbibe.
- to imbibe alcoholic drinks, especially habitually or to excess; tipple: He never drinks. They won't find jobs until they stop drinking.
- to show one's respect, affection, or hopes with regard to a person, thing, or event by ceremoniously taking a swallow of wine or some other drink (often followed by to): They drank to his victory.
- to be savored or enjoyed by drinking: a wine that will drink deliciously for many years.
- to take (a liquid) into the mouth and swallow.
- to take in (a liquid) in any manner; absorb.
- to take in through the senses, especially with eagerness and pleasure (often followed by in): He drank in the beauty of the scene.
- to swallow the contents of (a cup, glass, etc.).
- to propose or participate in a toast to (a person, thing, or event): to drink one's health.
- any liquid that is swallowed to quench thirst, for nourishment, etc.; beverage.
- liquor; alcohol.
- excessive indulgence in alcohol: Drink was his downfall.
- a swallow or draft of liquid; potion: She took a drink of water before she spoke.
- Informal. a large body of water, as a lake, ocean, river, etc. (usually preceded by the): His teammates threw him in the drink.
Origin of drink
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The standard and most frequent form of the past participle of drink in both speech and writing is drunk : Who has drunk all the milk? However, perhaps because of the association of drunk with intoxication, drank is widely used as a past participle in speech by educated persons and must be considered an alternate standard form: The tourists had drank their fill of the scenery. See also drunk.
Examples from the Web for drank
“Bars love to tell those stories: ‘So and so drank here, and George Washington slept here,’” Sismondo says.The Bars That Made America Great
December 28, 2014
Normally at high latitude you feel really unwell, but I drank it and felt rejuvenated.Bulletproof Coffee and the Case for Butter as a Health Food
December 27, 2014
Caligula drank “pearls of great price dissolved in vinegar.”An Ivy League Frat Boy’s Shallow Repentance
November 24, 2014
Then, she claims that after she drank the coffee, she felt woozy.How Bill Cosby Allegedly Silenced His Accusers Through A Tabloid Smear Campaign
November 21, 2014
As President, the Father of the Constitution James Madison drank a pint a day.The Booze That Saved America
November 8, 2014
He raised his flagon and drank to him, with a merry flash of his white teeth.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Katie brought his coffee to his room, and he drank it standing.
The night assistant sent coffee down to them, and they drank it.
No one drank except as the leader said they could, and at night they made prayers and songs.The Trail Book
Laughingly they drank this toast; and the skewers were filled a second time.Her Father's Daughter
- the past tense of drink
- to swallow (a liquid); imbibe
- (tr) to take in or soak up (liquid); absorbthis plant drinks a lot of water
- (tr usually foll by in) to pay close attention (to); be fascinated (by)he drank in the speaker's every word
- (tr) to bring (oneself into a certain condition) by consuming alcohol
- (tr often foll by away) to dispose of or ruin by excessive expenditure on alcoholhe drank away his fortune
- (intr) to consume alcohol, esp to excess
- (when intr, foll by to) to drink (a toast) in celebration, honour, or hope (of)
- drink someone under the table to be able to drink more intoxicating beverage than someone
- drink the health of to salute or celebrate with a toast
- drink with the flies Australian informal to drink alone
- liquid suitable for drinking; any beverage
- alcohol or its habitual or excessive consumption
- a portion of liquid for drinking; draught
- the drink informal the sea
Word Origin and History for drank
Old English drincan "to drink," also "to swallow up, engulf" (class III strong verb; past tense dranc, past participle druncen), from Proto-Germanic *drengkan (cf. Old Saxon drinkan, Old Frisian drinka, Dutch drinken, Old High German trinkan, German trinken, Old Norse drekka, Gothic drigkan "to drink"), of uncertain origin, perhaps from a root meaning "to draw." Not found outside Germanic.
Most Indo-European words for this trace to PIE *po(i)- (cf. Greek pino, Latin biber, Irish ibim, Old Church Slavonic piti, Russian pit'; see imbibe).
The noun meaning "beverage, alcoholic beverage" was in late Old English.
The noun, AS. drinc, would normally have given southern drinch (cf. drench), but has been influenced by the verb. [Weekley]
To drink like a fish is first recorded 1747.