The definition of imbibe is to take in with the senses or the mind, or to consume something, especially alcohol.verb
- 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.
- 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: ME enbiben < L imbibere < in-, in + bibere, to drink < *pibere < IE *pi-, *pō-, to drink > Sans pti, (he) drinks, L potare
- imbiber noun
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verb im·bibed, im·bib·ing, im·bibes verb, transitive
- 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.
Origin: Middle 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.
- im·bibˈer noun