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imbibe

[ im-bahyb ]
/ 瑟m藞ba瑟b /
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verb (used with object), im路bibed, im路bib路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路bibed, im路bib路ing.
to drink, especially alcoholic beverages: Just a soft drink for me鈥擨 don't imbibe.
to absorb liquid or moisture.
Archaic. to soak or saturate; imbue.
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Origin of imbibe

1350鈥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 FROM imbibe

im路bib路er, nounpre路im路bibe, verb (used with object), pre路im路bibed, pre路im路bib路ing.un路im路bibed, adjectiveun路im路bib路ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for imbibe

imbibe
/ (瑟m藞ba瑟b) /

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 of imbibe

imbiber, noun

Word Origin for imbibe

C14: from Latin imbibere, from bibere to drink
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