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IMBIBE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does imbibe mean? 

IMBIBE (verb)
  The verb IMBIBE has 4 senses:

1. take in, also metaphorically
2. take (gas, light or heat) into a solution
3. take in liquids
4. receive into the mind and retain

  Familiarity information: IMBIBE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMBIBE (verb)


Sense 1imbibe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take in, also metaphorically

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

suck up; sop up; soak up; imbibe; suck; absorb; take up; take in; draw

Context examples:

The sponge absorbs water well / She drew strength from the minister's words

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "imbibe"):

mop; mop up; wipe up (to wash or wipe with or as if with a mop)

blot (dry (ink) with blotting paper)

sponge up (absorb as if with a sponge)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 2imbibe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take (gas, light or heat) into a solution

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

imbibe; assimilate

Hypernyms (to "imbibe" is one way to...):

absorb (become imbued)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 3imbibe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take in liquids

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

drink; imbibe

Context examples:

The patient must drink several liters each day / The children like to drink soda

Hypernyms (to "imbibe" is one way to...):

consume; have; ingest; take; take in (serve oneself to, or consume regularly)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "imbibe"):

swill; swill down (drink large quantities of (liquid, especially alcoholic drink))

belt down; bolt down; down; drink down; kill; pop; pour down; toss off (drink down entirely)

gulp; quaff; swig (to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught)

drain the cup; drink up (drink to the last drop)

lap; lap up; lick (take up with the tongue)

guzzle (drink greedily or as if with great thirst)

sip (drink in sips)

guggle; gurgle (drink from a flask with a gurgling sound)

suck (draw into the mouth by creating a practical vacuum in the mouth)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4imbibe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Receive into the mind and retain

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

Imbibe ethical principles

Hypernyms (to "imbibe" is one way to...):

absorb; assimilate; ingest; take in (take up mentally)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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