verb (used without object), drank or (Nonstandard) drunk, drunk or, often drank, drinking.
to take water or other liquid into the mouth and swallow it; imbibe.
to imbibe alcoholic drinks, especially habitually or to excess; tipple: He never drinks. They won't find jobs until they stop drinking.
to show one's respect, affection, or hopes with regard to a person, thing, or event by ceremoniously taking a swallow of wine or some other drink (often followed by to ): They drank to his victory.
to be savored or enjoyed by drinking: a wine that will drink deliciously for many years.
verb (used with object), drank or (Nonstandard) drunk, drunk or, often drank, drinking.
to take (a liquid) into the mouth and swallow.
to take in (a liquid) in any manner; absorb.
to take in through the senses, especially with eagerness and pleasure (often followed by in ): He drank in the beauty of the scene.
to swallow the contents of (a cup, glass, etc.).
to propose or participate in a toast to (a person, thing, or event): to drink one's health.
any liquid that is swallowed to quench thirst, for nourishment, etc.; beverage.
liquor; alcohol.
excessive indulgence in alcohol: Drink was his downfall.
a swallow or draft of liquid; potion: She took a drink of water before she spoke.
Informal. a large body of water, as a lake, ocean, river, etc. (usually preceded by the ): His teammates threw him in the drink.

before 900; Middle English drinken, Old English drincan; cognate with Dutch drinken, German trinken, Gothic drinkan, Old Norse drekka

outdrink, verb (used with object), outdrank or (Nonstandard) outdrunk; outdrunk or, often outdrank; outdrinking.
overdrink, verb (used with object), overdrank or (Nonstandard) overdrunk; overdrunk or, often overdrank; overdrinking.

2. tope. 5. quaff. Drink, imbibe, sip refer to swallowing liquids. Drink is the general word: to drink coffee. Imbibe is formal in reference to actual drinking; it is used more often in the sense to absorb: to imbibe culture. Sip implies drinking little by little: to sip a cup of broth. 9. toast.

As with many verbs of the pattern sing, sang, sung and ring, rang, rung, there is some confusion about the forms for the past tense and past participle of drink. The historical reason for this confusion is that originally verbs of this class in Old English had a past-tense singular form in a but a past-tense plural form in u. Generally the form in a has leveled out to become the standard past-tense form: We drank our coffee. However, the past-tense form in u, though considered nonstandard, occurs often in speech: We drunk our coffee.
The standard and most frequent form of the past participle of drink in both speech and writing is drunk: Who has drunk all the milk? However, perhaps because of the association of drunk with intoxication, drank is widely used as a past participle in speech by educated persons and must be considered an alternate standard form: The tourists had drank their fill of the scenery. See also drunk.
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drink (drɪŋk)
vb (usually foll by in) (often foll by away) (when intr, foll by to) , drinks, drinking, drank, drunk
1.  to swallow (a liquid); imbibe
2.  (tr) to take in or soak up (liquid); absorb: this plant drinks a lot of water
3.  to pay close attention (to); be fascinated (by): he drank in the speaker's every word
4.  (tr) to bring (oneself into a certain condition) by consuming alcohol
5.  to dispose of or ruin by excessive expenditure on alcohol: he drank away his fortune
6.  (intr) to consume alcohol, esp to excess
7.  to drink (a toast) in celebration, honour, or hope (of)
8.  drink someone under the table to be able to drink more intoxicating beverage than someone
9.  drink the health of to salute or celebrate with a toast
10.  informal (Austral) drink with the flies to drink alone
11.  liquid suitable for drinking; any beverage
12.  alcohol or its habitual or excessive consumption
13.  a portion of liquid for drinking; draught
14.  informal the drink the sea
[Old English drincan; related to Old Frisian drinka, Gothic drigkan, Old High German trinkan]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. drincan "to drink," also "to swallow up, engulf" (class III strong verb; past tense dranc, pp. druncen), from P.Gmc. *drengkan, of uncertain origin.
"Semantically the deriv. fr. 'draw' (cf. N.E. take a draught, Lat. ducere pocula, sucos, etc.) is the most attractive, and so ultimate connection with O.E. dragan 'draw,' etc., through a nasalized form of a parallel root ...."
Not found outside Gmc. Most I.E. words for this trace to PIE *po(i)- (cf. Gk. pino, L. biber, Ir. ibim, O.C.S. piti, Rus. pit'; see imbibe). The noun meaning "beverage, alcoholic beverage" was also in O.E. To drink like a fish is first recorded 1747.
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Bible Dictionary

Drink definition

The drinks of the Hebrews were water, wine, "strong drink," and vinegar. Their drinking vessels were the cup, goblet or "basin," the "cruse" or pitcher, and the saucer. To drink water by measure (Ezek. 4:11), and to buy water to drink (Lam. 5:4), denote great scarcity. To drink blood means to be satiated with slaughter. The Jews carefully strained their drinks through a sieve, through fear of violating the law of Lev. 11:20, 23, 41, 42. (See Matt. 23:24. "Strain at" should be "strain out.")

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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with drink, also see drive someone crazy (to drink); into the drink; meat and drink to; nurse a drink.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
Interestingly, food and drink are identified predominantly by the senses of smell and sight, not taste.
For those who continue to drink the beverage all day long, new findings support their habit.
But if you want to drink alcoholic beverages, there are no unlimited drink cards and few opportunities for getting free drinks.
And one of the latest sources comes from the remains of a drink enjoyed the
  world over: coffee.
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