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imbibe

[im-bahyb] /ɪmˈbaɪb/
verb (used with object), imbibed, imbibing.
1.
to consume (liquids) by drinking; drink:
He imbibed great quantities of iced tea.
2.
to absorb or soak up, as water, light, or heat:
Plants imbibe moisture from the soil.
3.
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.
4.
to drink, especially alcoholic beverages:
Just a soft drink for me—I don't imbibe.
5.
to absorb liquid or moisture.
6.
Archaic. to soak or saturate; imbue.
Origin
1350-1400
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
Synonyms
1. swallow. See drink.
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imbibe

/ɪmˈbaɪb/
verb
1.
to drink (esp alcoholic drinks)
2.
(literary) to take in or assimilate (ideas, facts, etc): to imbibe the spirit of the Renaissance
3.
(transitive) to take in as if by drinking: to imbibe fresh air
4.
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 preimbibe

imbibe

v.

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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