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Meaning of imbibe

im•bibe

Pronunciation: (im-bīb'), [key]
— v., -bibed, -bib•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to consume (liquids) by drinking; drink: He imbibed great quantities of iced tea.
  2. to absorb or soak up, as water, light, or heat: Plants imbibe moisture from the soil.
  3. to take or receive into the mind, as knowledge, ideas, or the like: to imbibe a sermon; to imbibe beautiful scenery.
—v.i.
  1. to drink, esp. alcoholic beverages: Just a soft drink for me—I don't imbibe.
  2. to absorb liquid or moisture.
  3. to soak or saturate; imbue.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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