to consume (liquids) by drinking; drink: He imbibed great quantities of iced tea.
to absorb or soak up, as water, light, or heat: Plants imbibe moisture from the soil.
to take or receive into the mind, as knowledge, ideas, or the like: to imbibe a sermon; to imbibe beautiful scenery.
to drink, especially alcoholic beverages: Just a soft drink for me—I don't imbibe.
to absorb liquid or moisture.
Archaic. to soak or saturate; imbue.
- im·bib·er, noun
- pre·im·bibe, verb (used with object), pre·im·bibed, pre·im·bib·ing.
- un·im·bibed, adjective
- un·im·bib·ing, adjective
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How to use imbibe in a sentence
This, the new generation of Baruch Goldsteinsand Yoel Lerners, is imbibing the doctrine of truth, fearlessness and xenophobia.
Certainly many of us at home are imbibing, so perhaps in-seat service for those in the theater is worth trying.The Oscars: 21 Fixes for the Show So It’s Less Boring | Evan Shapiro | February 20, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Still, as with drinking and driving, serious imbibing leads to trouble.
You have been imbibing the drop too much and will hear of this from the Company.Baboo Jabberjee, B.A. | F. Anstey
If it be left exposed to the atmosphere, it will of itself, by gradually imbibing moisture, fall into the state of powder.
That winter John Paul spent striving in vain for a better ship, and imbibing tactics from the French admirals.Richard Carvel, Complete | Winston Churchill
Some of the women laughed also in a manner which testified to the brand of “tea” they had been imbibing that morning.The Viking Blood | Frederick William Wallace
It has already been said, that Hume appears to have suspected that his nephew, David, was imbibing republican principles.Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume II (of 2) | John Hill Burton
British Dictionary definitions for imbibe
to drink (esp alcoholic drinks)
literary to take in or assimilate (ideas, facts, etc): to imbibe the spirit of the Renaissance
(tr) to take in as if by drinking: to imbibe fresh air
to absorb or cause to absorb liquid or moisture; assimilate or saturate
- imbiber, noun
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