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[im-bahyb] /ɪmˈbaɪb/
verb (used with object), imbibed, imbibing.
to consume (liquids) by drinking; drink:
He imbibed great quantities of iced tea.
to absorb or soak up, as water, light, or heat:
Plants imbibe moisture from the soil.
to take or receive into the mind, as knowledge, ideas, or the like:
to imbibe a sermon; to imbibe beautiful scenery.
verb (used without object), imbibed, imbibing.
to drink, especially alcoholic beverages:
Just a soft drink for me—I don't imbibe.
to absorb liquid or moisture.
Archaic. to soak or saturate; imbue.
Origin of imbibe
1350-1400; < Latin imbibere to drink in, equivalent to im- im-1 + bibere to drink; replacing Middle English enbiben < Middle French embiber < Latin, as above
Related forms
imbiber, noun
preimbibe, verb (used with object), preimbibed, preimbibing.
unimbibed, adjective
unimbibing, adjective
1. swallow. See drink. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for imbibe
  • Dogs are not equipped with the protective enzymes that allow humans to imbibe reasonable amounts of alcohol without harm.
  • Opt for the east shore for a spectacular sunset view, the west shore to imbibe some morning sun with your coffee.
  • The staff want guests to imbibe, while the guests want to stretch their drinks as far as possible.
  • They might imbibe alcohol or combustible plant matter on occasion, but they do so without the influence of giant corporations.
  • They learn their maxims, imbibe their spirit, and are moulded upon their example.
  • Tasting rooms have become big in wine country towns, giving tourists a chance to imbibe without having to drive.
  • Once treated the seeds imbibe water quickly and will germinate uniformly when sown.
  • Impermeable seeds require scarification or degradation of the seed coat by microbial action to imbibe water and germinate.
  • We imbibe helium three liquid into highly porous silica aerogel such as shown in the picture.
  • In addition to these examples of over-treatment, there were numerous small, dark seeds that failed to imbibe water.
British Dictionary definitions for imbibe


to drink (esp alcoholic drinks)
(literary) to take in or assimilate (ideas, facts, etc): to imbibe the spirit of the Renaissance
(transitive) to take in as if by drinking: to imbibe fresh air
to absorb or cause to absorb liquid or moisture; assimilate or saturate
Derived Forms
imbiber, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin imbibere, from bibere to drink
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Word Origin and History for imbibe

late 14c., from Old French imbiber, embiber "to soak into," from Latin imbibere "absorb, drink in, inhale," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + bibere "to drink," related to potare "to drink," from PIE *po(i)- "to drink" (see potion). Figurative sense of "mentally drink in" (knowledge, ideas, etc.) was the main one in classical Latin, first attested in English 1550s. Related: Imbibed; imbibing.

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