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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

imbibe

verb
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Light beer lets drinkers imbibe without taking in extra calories.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ But it is also because girls imbibe early on the idea that education is not for them.
▪ Every monarch since George V, and Prince Charles too, has imbibed his words.
▪ I could never bear to imbibe.
▪ Our imbibing habits became the stuff of legends.
▪ She hadn't known this until one night, three years ago, when he had imbibed too liberally.
▪ There the litter will remain, imbibing milk and growing rapidly for five weeks.
▪ They too had imbibed the market culture, it seemed.
▪ Where else can you imbibe just inches off the floor under the comfort of a back-patio tent?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Imbibe

Imbibe \Im*bibe"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Imbibed; p. pr. & vb. n. Imbibing.] [L. imbibere; pref. im- in + bibere to drink: cf. F. imbiber. Cf. Bib, Imbue, Potable.]

  1. To drink in; to absorb; to soak up; to suck or take in; to receive as by drinking; as, a person imbibes drink, or a sponge imbibes moisture.

  2. To receive or absorb into the mind and retain; as, to imbibe principles; to imbibe errors.

  3. To saturate; to imbue. [Obs.] ``Earth, imbibed with . . . acid.''
    --Sir I. Newton.

WordNet

imbibe

  1. v. take in, also metaphorically; "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words" [syn: absorb, suck, soak up, sop up, suck up, draw, take in, take up]

  2. take (gas, light or heat) into a solution [syn: assimilate]

  3. take in liquids; "The patient must drink several liters each day"; "The children like to drink soda" [syn: drink]

  4. receive into the mind and retain; "Imbibe ethical principles"

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.

Wikipedia

Imbibe

Imbibe is a magazine published in Portland, Oregon, United States. It is published six times a year. The magazine covers beverages of all kinds, including spirits, wine, beer, coffee, and tea.

Wiktionary

imbibe

vb. 1 To drink (used frequently of alcoholic beverages). 2 (context figuratively English) To take in; as, to imbibe knowledge.

Usage examples of "imbibe".

I do not willingly enter into arithmetical explanations with an artist like you, who fears to enter my study lest she should imbibe disagreeable or anti-poetic impressions and sensations.

One squirt of my semen seems capable of impregnating any normal woman who does not regularly imbibe from the Tyrin.

It was then near midnight, a quiet hour on board ship, and Hozier told the man sharply to go to his bunk and endeavor to sleep off the effects of the bad beer imbibed earlier in the day.

While imbibing, he found several of the top sergeants of the tanker battalion and promised them invitations to a jungle juice party in order to ensure there would be no hassle with getting the drivers Junkman and Mop recruited in to sick call the next morning.

It is pretended that the animal unites and assimilates the mumia with itself, and imbibes its vicious qualities, and by that means restores health to the person to whom the mumia belonged.

Having imbibed nothing more than the reeky air around him, Colin staggered drunkenly to the front door.

He paused to tilt his wineskin above his open mouth and imbibe a long squirt from it.

Formidable from the moment she imbibed it, Umrae was truly getting the hang of her borrowed capabilities as the battle progressed.

To save them present pain at the risk of future anguish, to consult the feelings of her brother, in preference to his morality, would be forgetting every lesson of her life, which, from its earliest dawn, had imbibed a love of virtue, that made her consider whatever was offensive to it as equally disgusting and unhappy.

But in the assiduous prosecution of these theological studies, the emperor of the Romans imbibed the illiberal prejudices and passions of a polemic divine.

Ruark overheard, as he inched his way between the brawny chests of several tars who were imbibing close by.

You see, Denby, I firmly believe that you are nothing but an old humper, incapable, particularly after imbibing wine, of determining what it is you are in congress with, Harcourt said with great smugness.

He evinced his delectation at the imbibing of the liquor by a grim smile, which made me involuntarily grasp my fowling-piece a little closer, and slapping his breast he held out the pannikin for a fresh supply.

That princess had imbibed a strong prepossession against the French nation, particularly against Charles, the author of all the calamities which, from her earliest infancy, had befallen her family.

As long as Rome and Italy were respected as the centre of government, a national spirit was preserved by the ancient, and insensibly imbibed by the adopted, citizens.