imbibe

[ im-bahyb ]
/ ɪmˈbaɪb /

verb (used with object), im·bibed, im·bib·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), im·bibed, im·bib·ing.

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

1350–1400; < Latin imbibere to drink in, equivalent to im- im-1 + bibere to drink; replacing Middle English enbiben < Middle French embiber < Latin, as above

Related forms

im·bib·er, nounpre·im·bibe, verb (used with object), pre·im·bibed, pre·im·bib·ing.un·im·bibed, adjectiveun·im·bib·ing, adjective

Synonym study

1. See drink.
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imbibe

/ (ɪmˈbaɪb) /

verb

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

Derived Forms

imbiber, noun

Word Origin for imbibe

C14: from Latin imbibere, from bibere to drink
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