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.

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

imbiber, noun
preimbibe, verb (used with object), preimbibed, preimbibing.
unimbibed, adjective
unimbibing, adjective

1. swallow. See drink. Unabridged
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imbibe (ɪmˈbaɪb)
1.  to drink (esp alcoholic drinks)
2.  literary to take in or assimilate (ideas, facts, etc): to imbibe the spirit of the Renaissance
3.  (tr) to take in as if by drinking: to imbibe fresh air
4.  to absorb or cause to absorb liquid or moisture; assimilate or saturate
[C14: from Latin imbibere, from bibere to drink]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. embiber "to soak into," from L. imbibere "absorb, drink in, inhale," from in- "in" + bibere "to drink," related to potare "to drink," from PIE *pi-/*po(i)- "to drink (cf. Skt. pati "drinks," panam "beverage;" Gk. pinein "to drink," potos "a drinking;" O.C.S. piti "to drink"). Figurative
sense of "mentally drink in" (knowledge, ideas, etc.) was the main one in classical L., first attested in Eng. 1555.
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Example sentences
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.
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