Imbibe definition

ĭm-bīb
To receive and absorb into the mind.
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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.

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To drink (used frequently of alcoholic beverages).
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To drink.
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To absorb or take in as if by drinking.
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(obsolete) To permeate; saturate.
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To drink alcoholic beverages.
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To drink (esp. alcoholic liquor)
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To take in with the senses; drink in.
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To absorb (moisture)
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To inhale.
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To drink, esp. alcoholic liquor.
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(figuratively) To take in; as, to imbibe knowledge.
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To take in with the mind.
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Origin of imbibe

  • Middle English embiben to soak up, saturate from Latin imbibere to drink in, imbibe in- in in–2 bibere to drink pō(i)- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French imbiber, from Latin prefix im- (“im-”) + bibere (“to drink”), whence also beverage (via Old French).

    From Wiktionary