Definition of


  1. (verb, cognition) receive into the mind and retain
  2. (verb, consumption) take in liquids
    The children like to drink soda
  3. (verb, contact) take in, also metaphorically
    She drew strength from the minister's words
  4. (verb, contact) take (gas, light or heat) into a solution

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Origin of the word Imbibe

  1. 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"). Figu… more

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Words that sound like Imbibe

i. m. pei, iamb, ianfu, imbauba, imbue, imf, imp, in vivo, info, inweave

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