Definitions for imbibeɪmˈbaɪb

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

im•bibe*ɪmˈbaɪb(v.)-bibed, -bib•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to consume (liquids) by drinking; drink.

  2. to absorb or soak up:

    Plants imbibe light from the sun.

  3. to receive into the mind:

    to imbibe a sermon.

  4. (v.i.)to drink, esp. alcoholic beverages.

  5. to absorb liquid or moisture.

* Syn: See drink.

Origin of imbibe:

1350–1400; ME enbiben < MF embiber < L imbibere to drink in =im-im -1+bibere to drink


Princeton's WordNet

  1. absorb, suck, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck up, draw, take in, take up(verb)

    take in, also metaphorically

    "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words"

  2. assimilate, imbibe(verb)

    take (gas, light or heat) into a solution

  3. drink, imbibe(verb)

    take in liquids

    "The patient must drink several liters each day"; "The children like to drink soda"

  4. imbibe(verb)

    receive into the mind and retain

    "Imbibe ethical principles"


  1. imbibe(Verb)

    To drink (used frequently of alcoholic beverages).

  2. imbibe(Verb)

    To take in; as, to imbibe knowledge.

  3. Origin: From prefix im- + bibere, whence also beverage (via Old French).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imbibe(verb)

    to drink in; to absorb; to suck or take in; to receive as by drinking; as, a person imbibes drink, or a sponge imbibes moisture

  2. Imbibe(verb)

    to receive or absorb into the mind and retain; as, to imbibe principles; to imbibe errors

  3. Imbibe(verb)

    to saturate; to imbue


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