What does drink mean?

Definitions for drink

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. drinknoun

    a single serving of a beverage

    "I asked for a hot drink"; "likes a drink before dinner"

  2. drink, drinking, boozing, drunkenness, crapulencenoun

    the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess

    "drink was his downfall"

  3. beverage, drink, drinkable, potablenoun

    any liquid suitable for drinking

    "may I take your beverage order?"

  4. drinknoun

    any large deep body of water

    "he jumped into the drink and had to be rescued"

  5. swallow, drink, deglutitionverb

    the act of swallowing

    "one swallow of the liquid was enough"; "he took a drink of his beer and smacked his lips"

  6. drink, imbibeverb

    take in liquids

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

  7. drink, booze, fuddleverb

    consume alcohol

    "We were up drinking all night"

  8. toast, drink, pledge, salute, wassailverb

    propose a toast to

    "Let us toast the birthday girl!"; "Let's drink to the New Year"

  9. drink in, drinkverb

    be fascinated or spell-bound by; pay close attention to

    "The mother drinks in every word of her son on the stage"

  10. drink, topeverb

    drink excessive amounts of alcohol; be an alcoholic

    "The husband drinks and beats his wife"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Drinknoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    When God made choice to rear
    His mighty champion, strong above compare,
    Whose drink was only from the liquid brook! John Milton, Agonist.

    We will give you rare and sleepy drinks. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    The juices of fruits are either watry or oily: I reckon among the watry all the fruits out of which drink is expressed, as the grape, the apple, and the pear. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    O madness, to think use of strongest wines,
    And strongest drinks, our chief support of health! John Milton.

    These, when th’ allotted orb of time’s compleat,
    Are more commended than the labour’d drink. Phillips.

    Amongst drinks, austere wines are apt to occasion foul eruptions. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

  2. To Drinkverb

    He had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water three days and three nights. 1 Sa. xxx. 12.

    We have drunken our water for money. Sam. v. 4.

    One man gives another a cup of poison, a thing as terrible as death; but at the same time he tells him that it is a cordial, and so he drinks it off, and dies. Robert South, Sermons.

    Alexander, after he had drank up a cup of fourteen pints, was going to take another. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    The body being reduced nearer unto the earth, and emptied, becometh more porous, and greedily drinketh in water. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. ii. c. 5.

    Set rows of rosemary with flow’ring stem,
    And let the purple vi’lets drink the stream. John Dryden, Virgil.

    Brush not thy sweeping skirt too near the wall;
    Thy heedless sleeve will drink the colour’d oil. John Gay, Trivia.

    My ears have yet not drunk a hundred words
    Of that tongue’s uttering, yet I know the sound. William Shakespeare.

    Thither write, my queen,
    And with mine eyes I’ll drink the words you send,
    Though ink be made of gall. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Phemius! let acts of gods, and hero’s old,
    What ancient bards in hall and bow’r have told,
    Attemper’d to the lyre, your voice employ;
    Such the pleas’d ear will drink with silent joy. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    I drink delicious poison from thy eye. Alexander Pope.

    Come, we have a hot venison pasty to dinner: come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness. William Shakespeare.

    In the compass of some years he will drown his health and his strength in his belly; and, after all his drunken trophies, at length drink down himself too. Robert South, Sermons.

    Benhadad was drinking himself drunk in the pavilions. 1 Kings xx. 16.

  3. To DRINKverb

    preter. drank, or drunk; part. pass. drunk, or drunken.

    Etymology: drincan , Saxon.

    Here, between the armies,
    Let’s drink together friendly, and embrace. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    She said drink, and I will give thy camels drink also; so I drank, and she made the camels drink also. Gen. xxiv. 46.

    He drank of the wine. Gen. ix. 21.

    When delight is the only end, and rests in itself, and dwells there long, then eating and drinking is not a serving of God, but an inordinate action. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of living holy.

    We came to fight you. ———— For my part, I am sorry it is turned to a drinking. William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra.

    I take your princely word for those redresses.
    —— I gave it you, and will maintain my word;
    And thereupon I drink unto your grace. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Give me some wine; fill full:
    I drink to th’ general joy of the whole table,
    And to our dear friend Banquo, whom we miss. William Shakespeare, Macb.

    I’ll drink to master Bardolph, and to all the cavaleroes about London. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.


  1. Drink

    A drink (or beverage) is a liquid intended for human consumption. In addition to their basic function of satisfying thirst, drinks play important roles in human culture. Common types of drinks include plain drinking water, milk, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juice and soft drinks. In addition, alcoholic drinks such as wine, beer, and liquor, which contain the drug ethanol, have been part of human culture for more than 8,000 years. Non-alcoholic drinks often signify drinks that would normally contain alcohol, such as beer and wine, but are made with a sufficiently low concentration of alcohol by volume. The category includes drinks that have undergone an alcohol removal process such as non-alcoholic beers and de-alcoholized wines.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Drinkverb

    to swallow anything liquid, for quenching thirst or other purpose; to imbibe; to receive or partake of, as if in satisfaction of thirst; as, to drink from a spring

  2. Drinkverb

    to quaff exhilarating or intoxicating liquors, in merriment or feasting; to carouse; to revel; hence, to lake alcoholic liquors to excess; to be intemperate in the /se of intoxicating or spirituous liquors; to tipple

  3. Drinkverb

    to swallow (a liquid); to receive, as a fluid, into the stomach; to imbibe; as, to drink milk or water

  4. Drinkverb

    to take in (a liquid), in any manner; to suck up; to absorb; to imbibe

  5. Drinkverb

    to take in; to receive within one, through the senses; to inhale; to hear; to see

  6. Drinkverb

    to smoke, as tobacco

  7. Drinknoun

    liquid to be swallowed; any fluid to be taken into the stomach for quenching thirst or for other purposes, as water, coffee, or decoctions

  8. Drinknoun

    specifically, intoxicating liquor; as, when drink is on, wit is out

  9. Etymology: [AS. drincan; akin to OS. drinkan, D. drinken, G. trinken, Icel. drekka, Sw. dricka, Dan. drikke, Goth. drigkan. Cf. Drench, Drunken, Drown.]


  1. Drink

    A drink, or beverage, is a kind of liquid which is specifically prepared for human consumption. There are many types for drinks. They can be divided into various groups such as plain water, alcohol, non alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, fruit or vegetable juices and hot drinks. In addition to fulfilling a basic need, drinks form part of the culture of human society.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Drink

    dringk, v.t. to swallow, as a liquid: to empty, as a glass, bowl, &c.: to take in through the senses.—v.i. to swallow a liquid: to take intoxicating liquors to excess:—pr.p. drink′ing; pa.t. drank; pa.p. drunk.—n. something to be drunk: intoxicating liquor.—adj. Drink′able.—ns. Drink′ableness; Drink′er, a tippler; Drink′-hail, the customary old English reply to a pledge in drinking (wæs hail, 'health or good luck to you,' was answered with drinc hail, 'drink good health or good luck'); Drink′ing-bout; Drink′ing-fount′ain; Drink′ing-horn; Drink′-mon′ey, a gratuity, ostensibly given to buy liquor for drinking to the health of the giver; Drink′-off′ering, an offering of wine, oil, blood, &c. to God or the gods.—Drink himself drunk, to drink until he is drunk; Drink in, to absorb rain, &c., as dry land does; Drink off, to quaff wholly and at a gulp; Drink the others under the table, to continue drinking and remain (comparatively) sober after the others have completely collapsed; Drink to, Drink to the health of, to drink wine, &c., with good wishes for one's health; Drink up, to exhaust by drinking.—In drink, intoxicated.—Strong drink, alcoholic liquor. [A.S. drincan; Ger. trinken.]

Editors Contribution

  1. drink

    A type of fluid or liquid.

    Wd all drink some type of fluid daily.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 17, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'drink' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2387

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'drink' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1063

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'drink' in Nouns Frequency: #669

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'drink' in Verbs Frequency: #283

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of drink in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of drink in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of drink in a Sentence

  1. Ric Flair:

    I work every day. I drink a beer in the car, I get to the hotel and I drink vodka.

  2. Vasily Yablokov:

    This will have a negative effect on the water resources, on the animals that drink that water, on the plants growing on the banks.

  3. Ricky Gervais:

    I hope I haven't offended anyone. It's not my fault. I like a drink as much as the next man, unless the next man is Mel Gibson.

  4. Sarah Super:

    Read MoreHodges revealed in 2014 that Read MoreHodges was an alcoholic who had taken Read MoreHodges last drink as a college student, more than 25 years earlier, MinnPost reported. With Read MoreHodges first term ending in November, Hodges, 47, is now locked in a tough reelection battle against several challengers. Two of her key political opponents joined others in voicing their support for Hodges' Facebook post, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.Community conversationHaving a public figure like Hodges come forward is particularly powerful, i think this has brought this almost unavoidable conversation into public space.

  5. Mark Alston:

    A lot of us know intuitively that masks in restaurants are fairly comical and mostly theater, because as soon as you sit down at the table, you have to take off your mask to eat and drink.

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    the verbal act of urging on
    • A. meerschaum
    • B. instigation
    • C. congius
    • D. preponderance

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