- 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 imbibers
The other imbibers always gasp in horror, as if someone just snapped their single malt right out of their hand.Don't Be a Single-Malt Scotch Snob
August 9, 2014
Punches and juleps were hastily disposed of, and the imbibers quickly sought their places.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
- 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 imbibers
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.