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.
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.Usually the drink . a large body of water, as a lake, ocean, river, etc.: His teammates threw him in the drink.
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.
- outdrink, verb (used with object), out·drank or (Nonstandard) out·drunk; out·drunk or, often, out·drank; out·drink·ing.
- o·ver·drink, verb (used with object), o·ver·drank or (Nonstandard) o·ver·drunk; o·ver·drunk or, often, o·ver·drank; o·ver·drink·ing.
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How to use drink in a sentence
Pack it with snacks, drinks, chairs, and blankets and move from one spot to the next until you find the perfect fishing hole.
On what was going to be probably our third round, my girlfriend went into the bar, fully masked, to ask Terry for drinks.
People would buy sodas to go with lunches they got from the food court, or energy drinks before a Browns or Cavaliers game.The Big Corporate Rescue and the America That’s Too Small to Save | by Lydia DePillis, Justin Elliott and Paul Kiel | September 12, 2020 | ProPublica
Getting in at least one daily work out is great, but you should still get up and move around regularly throughout the day — even if it’s just to get a drink of water or play with a pet.Healthy screen time is one challenge of distance learning | Kathryn Hulick | September 11, 2020 | Science News For Students
So while I have to reach for a drink on this belt, it’s never a problem as the bottle is angled up and easy to find.I Don't Fear Scorching Runs with This Hydration Belt | Jakob Schiller | August 28, 2020 | Outside Online
Coca-Cola was a wildly popular drink and hangover remedy because, well, it contained cocaine.
Their logic: the sea-creature would come alive and drink up any remaining alcohol.
You would drink it, then “take a little nap and after that you feel wonderful,” according to a press agent.
Adults prepare food and drink dark sweet tea on the doorsteps of their homes as they watch their children playing.
Moviegoers enjoyed a drink at the bar and milled around waiting for the 10:15 p.m. showing of The Interview.I Was Honeydicked Into Spending Christmas with ‘The Interview’ | Allison McNearney | December 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The general commanded a halt, and ordered the men to refresh and strengthen themselves by food and drink.
It was he who first said, If thine enemy hunger give him food, if he thirst give him drink.Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
What is, then, this precious drink I read of in my Shakespeare—so precious, that your lordship will not trust him to his butler?The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
Over to the spring he ran on his little short legs, and soon he was having a fine drink.Squinty the Comical Pig | Richard Barnum
Woe to you that rise up early in the morning to follow drunkenness, and to drink in the evening, to be inflamed with wine.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
British Dictionary definitions for drink
to swallow (a liquid); imbibe
(tr) to take in or soak up (liquid); absorb: this 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 alcohol: he 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
- drinkable, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with drink
In addition to the idioms beginning with drink
- drink like a fish
- drink to
- drive someone crazy (to drink)
- into the drink
- meat and drink to
- nurse a drink
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