verb (used with object), im·bibed, im·bib·ing.
verb (used without object), im·bibed, im·bib·ing.
Origin of imbibe
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’|Andrew Romano|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Anneli Rufus on 15 stats that predict your propensity to imbibe.
Along with their invitations, each received a miniature bottle of Stoli vodka, with the suggestion that they imbibe first.
It is impossible to travel about Andalusia and not imbibe a kind feeling for those Moors.Washington Irving|Charles Dudley Warner
They readily, therefore, imbibe water or other liquids, and get rid of the air.Novum Organum|Francis Bacon
Ice will not imbibe this air, and therefore freezing expels it from water.
I was so unused to wine that the sip I took exhilarated me, though it was the slightest wine one can imbibe for such purpose.Charles Auchester, Volume 1 of 2|Elizabeth Sheppard
But beware how you imbibe knowledge from other sources; from the traditions of men; from mere human learning.Count Ulrich of Lindburg|W.H.G. Kingston
Word Origin 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.