Imbibe

  • 1 imbibé — imbibé, ée (in bi bé, bée) part. passé d imbiber. Un linge imbibé d huile. •   ....Certain âge accompli, Le vase est imbibé, l étoffe a pris son pli, LA FONT. Fabl. II, 18.    Fig. •   Cet homme est imbibé de la bonne opinion de lui même, SAINT… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 2 Imbibe — Im*bibe , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Imbibed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Imbibing}.] [L. imbibere; pref. im in + bibere to drink: cf. F. imbiber. Cf. {Bib}, {Imbue}, {Potable}.] 1. To drink in; to absorb; to soak up; to suck or take in; to receive as by… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 imbibé — Imbibé, [imbib]ée. part. Abbreuvé. Il a pleu, mais la terre n est pas encore assez imbibée. On ne sçauroit filtrer que le drap ou le linge ne soit tout à fait imbibé …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 4 imbibe — index carouse Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 imbibe — (v.) late 14c., from O.Fr. imbiber, embiber to soak into, from L. imbibere absorb, drink in, inhale, from assimilated form of in into, in, on, upon (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + bibere to drink, related to potare to drink, from PIE *po(i) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 imbibe — *absorb, assimilate Analogous words: *receive, take, admit, accept: *soak, saturate, steep, impregnate: *permeate, pervade, penetrate, impenetrate: acquire, obtain, *get Antonyms: ooze, exude …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 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

  • 8 imbibe — ► VERB 1) formal or humorous drink (alcohol). 2) absorb (ideas or knowledge). DERIVATIVES imbiber noun. ORIGIN Latin imbibere, from bibere to drink …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 imbibe — [im bīb′] vt. imbibed, imbibing [ME enbiben < L imbibere < in , in + bibere, to drink < * pibere < IE * pi , *pō , to drink > Sans pāti, (he) drinks, L potare] 1. a) to drink (esp. alcoholic liquor) b) to take in with the senses;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 imbibe — imbiber, n. /im buyb /, v., imbibed, imbibing. 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… …

    Universalium

  • 11 imbibe — UK [ɪmˈbaɪb] / US verb Word forms imbibe : present tense I/you/we/they imbibe he/she/it imbibes present participle imbibing past tense imbibed past participle imbibed 1) [intransitive/transitive] often humorous to drink something 2) [transitive]… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 imbibe — [[t]ɪmba͟ɪb[/t]] imbibes, imbibing, imbibed 1) VERB To imbibe alcohol means to drink it. [FORMAL, often HUMOROUS] [V n] They were used to imbibing enormous quantities of alcohol... No one believes that current nondrinkers should be encouraged to… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 imbibe — im•bibe [[t]ɪmˈbaɪb[/t]] v. bibed, bib•ing 1) to consume (liquids) by drinking; drink 2) to absorb or soak up: Plants imbibe light from the sun[/ex] 3) to receive into the mind: to imbibe a sermon[/ex] 4) to drink, esp. alcoholic beverages 5) to… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 14 imbibe — verb (imbibed; imbibing) Etymology: Middle English enbiben to absorb, cause to absorb, from Latin imbibere to drink in, absorb, from in + bibere to drink more at potable Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. archaic soak, steep 2 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 imbibe — verb /ɪmˈbaɪb/ a) To drink (used frequently of alcoholic beverages). b) To take in; as, to imbibe knowledge. See Also: beverage …

    Wiktionary

  • 16 imbibe — im|bibe [ ım baıb ] verb 1. ) intransitive or transitive OFTEN HUMOROUS to drink something 2. ) transitive FORMAL if you imbibe ideas, feelings, or qualities, you experience them and are influenced by them …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 imbibe —    to drink intoxicants    Literally, to drink any liquid. Anyone who is said to imbibe is being accused of being an alcoholic …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 18 imbibe — Synonyms and related words: absorb, adsorb, assimilate, bib, blot, blot up, booze, chemisorb, chemosorb, devour, digest, drain the cup, dram, drink, drink bottoms up, drink deep, drink hard, drink in, drink off, drink to, drink up, eat, engorge,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 imbibe — I (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To drink] Syn. quaff, guzzle, ingest; see drink 1 , 2 , swallow . 2. [To absorb] Syn. take in, assimilate, soak up, drink in; see absorb 1 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. drink, partake, consume, quaff, swallow, guzzle,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 imbibe — im|bibe [ımˈbaıb] v [I and T] formal [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: imbibere, from bibere to drink ] 1.) to drink something, especially alcohol sometimes used humorously ▪ Both men imbibed considerable quantities of gin. 2.) to accept and be… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English