A man about to imbibe a beer.
- When you learn something through listening to it and absorbing the information, this is an example of imbibe.
- When you drink alcohol, this is an example of imbibe.
The definition of imbibe is to take in with the senses or the mind, or to consume something, especially alcohol.
transitive verb-·bibed′, -·bib′ing
- to drink (esp. alcoholic liquor)
- to take in with the senses; drink in
- to absorb (moisture)
- to inhale
- to take in with the mind
Origin of imbibeMiddle English enbiben from Classical Latin imbibere from in-, in + bibere, to drink from an unverified form pibere from Indo-European an unverified form pi-, an unverified form p?-, to drink from source Sanskrit p?ti, (he) drinks, Classical Latin potare
to drink, esp. alcoholic liquor
verbim·bibed, im·bib·ing, im·bibes
- To drink.
- To absorb or take in as if by drinking: “The whole body … imbibes delight through every pore” ( Henry David Thoreau )
- To receive and absorb into the mind: “Gladstone had … imbibed a strong prejudice against Americans” ( Philip Magnus )
- Obsolete To permeate; saturate.
To drink alcoholic beverages.
Origin of imbibeMiddle English embiben to soak up, saturate from Latin imbibere to drink in, imbibe in- in ; see in- 2. bibere to drink ; see pō(i)- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present imbibes, present participle imbibing, simple past and past participle imbibed)
OriginSee also: imbibé