[c]/ɪmˈbaɪb / (say im'buyb)

verb (imbibed, imbibing)
verb (t)
1. to drink in, or drink.
2. to absorb or take in as if by drinking.
3. to take or receive into the mind, as knowledge, ideas, etc.
verb (i)
4. to drink; absorb liquid or moisture.
5. Obsolete to soak or saturate; imbue.
{Middle English, from Latin imbibere drink in}
imbiber, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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  • imbibe — [v] drink, often heavily absorb, assimilate, belt*, consume, down, gorge, guzzle*, ingest, ingurgitate, irrigate, partake, put away*, quaff, raise a few*, sip, swallow, swig*, swill*, toss*; concept 169 Ant. abstain …   New thesaurus

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