[ im-bahyb ]
/ ɪmˈbaɪb /
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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.
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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
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1. See drink.
OTHER WORDS FROM imbibeim·bib·er, nounpre·im·bibe, verb (used with object), pre·im·bibed, pre·im·bib·ing.un·im·bibed, adjectiveun·im·bib·ing, adjective
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How to use imbibe in a sentence
And the Absinthe House has a full list: Other famous imbibers include P.T. Barnum, Oscar Wilde, and General Robert E. Lee.The Bars That Made America Great|Nina Strochlic|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Three were predictable: The Italians and French were, of course, wine imbibers and the Germans were deep in the beer cellar.Beer Countries vs. Wine Countries|Clive Irving|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kayleigh Kulp|August 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
INSIDER TIP: Anvil is not for the faint of wallet: fresh ingredients set imbibers back $8-$12 per cocktail.Foodie Heaven in Houston|Michele Meyer|July 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Punches and juleps were hastily disposed of, and the imbibers quickly sought their places.The Strollers|Frederic S. Isham
British Dictionary definitions for imbibe
/ (ɪmˈbaɪb) /
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 imbibeimbiber, noun
Word Origin for imbibe
C14: from Latin imbibere, from bibere to drink
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