Definitions for imbibeɪmˈbaɪb
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(v.t.)to consume (liquids) by drinking; drink.
to absorb or soak up:
Plants imbibe light from the sun.
to receive into the mind:
to imbibe a sermon.
(v.i.)to drink, esp. alcoholic beverages.
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
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"
take (gas, light or heat) into a solution
take in liquids
"The patient must drink several liters each day"; "The children like to drink soda"
receive into the mind and retain
"Imbibe ethical principles"
To drink (used frequently of alcoholic beverages).
To take in; as, to imbibe knowledge.
Origin: From prefix im- + bibere, whence also beverage (via Old French).
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
to receive or absorb into the mind and retain; as, to imbibe principles; to imbibe errors
to saturate; to imbue