A man about to imbibe a beer.
- The definition of imbibe is to take in with the senses or the mind, or to consume something, especially alcohol.
- 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.
transitive verbimbibed, imbibing
- to drink (esp. alcoholic liquor)
- to take in with the senses; drink in
- to absorb (moisture)
- to inhale
- to take in with the senses or mind; drink in
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 pō-, to drink from source Sanskrit pti, (he) drinks, Classical Latin potare
verbim·bibed, im·bib·ing, im·bibes
- To drink.
- To absorb or take in as if by drinking: “The whole body &ellipsis; imbibes delight through every pore” (Henry David Thoreau).
- To receive and absorb into the mind: “Gladstone had &ellipsis; imbibed a strong prejudice against Americans” (Philip Magnus).
- Obsolete To permeate; saturate.
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)