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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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British Dictionary definitions for un imbibed

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 un imbibed
imbibe
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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