AskDefine | Define imbibe

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1 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"

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From Latin prefix im-, "im-", + bibere, "to drink".



  1. to drink (used frequently of alcoholic beverages)
  2. to take in; as, to imbibe knowledge

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to drink
to take in; as, to imbibe knowledge

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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