[ im-bahyb ]
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verb (used with object),im·bibed, im·bib·ing.
  1. to consume (liquids) by drinking; drink: He imbibed great quantities of iced tea.

  2. to absorb or soak up, as water, light, or heat: Plants imbibe moisture from the soil.

  1. 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.
  1. to drink, especially alcoholic beverages: Just a soft drink for me—I don't imbibe.

  2. to absorb liquid or moisture.

  1. 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

synonym study For imbibe

1. See drink.

Other words for imbibe

Other words from imbibe

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for imbibe


/ (ɪmˈbaɪb) /

  1. to drink (esp alcoholic drinks)

  2. literary to take in or assimilate (ideas, facts, etc): to imbibe the spirit of the Renaissance

  1. (tr) to take in as if by drinking: to imbibe fresh air

  2. to absorb or cause to absorb liquid or moisture; assimilate or saturate

Origin of imbibe

C14: from Latin imbibere, from bibere to drink

Derived forms of imbibe

  • imbiber, noun

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