- 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.
Origin of imbibe
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Examples from the Web for imbibe
OK, so he used to imbibe to excess, but he no longer partakes.Just Kill Mr. Bates Already! How to Save ‘Downton Abbey’
February 20, 2014
Single or spoken for, everyone has reason enough to imbibe on the most loved/hated holiday around.Valentine's Day Cocktail Recipes to Fall in Love With
Alie Ward, Georgia Hardstark
February 9, 2011
Anneli Rufus on 15 stats that predict your propensity to imbibe.Who Drinks the Most Alcohol?
December 29, 2010
Along with their invitations, each received a miniature bottle of Stoli vodka, with the suggestion that they imbibe first.VIP Portrait Show
Judith H. Dobrzynski
November 12, 2010
When will he imbibe the spirit of a noble toleration—of a kind brotherhood?Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
I should certainly like to imbibe some of this sanguine spirit.One Of Them
Charles James Lever
However, slaves are like other people, and imbibe similar prejudices.My Bondage and My Freedom
The new ideas were popularized for all strata of the people to imbibe.Jewish Literature and Other Essays
By their stimulus, which induces the absorbent vessels to imbibe them.Zoonomia, Vol. II
- 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 drinkingto imbibe fresh air
- to absorb or cause to absorb liquid or moisture; assimilate or saturate
Word Origin and History for imbibe
late 14c., from Old French imbiber, embiber "to soak into," from Latin imbibere "absorb, drink in, inhale," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + bibere "to drink," related to potare "to drink," from PIE *po(i)- "to drink" (see potion). Figurative sense of "mentally drink in" (knowledge, ideas, etc.) was the main one in classical Latin, first attested in English 1550s. Related: Imbibed; imbibing.