Pronunciation: (dringk), [key]
— v., n. drank drunk, drunk drank, drink•ing
- to take water or other liquid into the mouth and swallow it; imbibe.
- to imbibe alcoholic drinks, esp. habitually or to excess; tipple: He never drinks. They won't find jobs until they stop drinking.
- to show one's respect, affection, or hopes with regard to a person, thing, or event by ceremoniously taking a swallow of wine or some other drink (often fol. by to): They drank to his victory.
- to be savored or enjoyed by drinking: a wine that will drink deliciously for many years.
- to take (a liquid) into the mouth and swallow.
- to take in (a liquid) in any manner; absorb.
- to take in through the senses, esp. with eagerness and pleasure (often fol. by in): He drank in the beauty of the scene.
- to swallow the contents of (a cup, glass, etc.).
- to propose or participate in a toast to (a person, thing, or event): to drink one's health.
- any liquid that is swallowed to quench thirst, for nourishment, etc.; beverage.
- liquor; alcohol.
- excessive indulgence in alcohol: Drink was his downfall.
- a swallow or draft of liquid; potion: She took a drink of water before she spoke.
- a large body of water, as a lake, ocean, river, etc. (usually prec. by the): His teammates threw him in the drink.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.