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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.
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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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