Adjective "imbibe" definition and examples

(Imbibe may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Drink (alcohol)
  1. 'But, whatever the reason, men no longer imbibe alcohol so freely, especially during the day, as they did a few years ago.'
  2. '26% of Americans who drink alcohol admit they sometimes imbibe more than they should.'
  3. 'Food was eaten, alcohol imbibed, shops toured and art appraised.'
  4. 'The play encourages young minds to question existing norms and the children have managed to imbibe the thought of the play.'
  5. 'When they went to summer camps, guards patrolled the perimeter and the inmates spent every waking moment imbibing the thoughts of the master.'
  6. 'The Mongols may have imbibed ideas about manoeuvre warfare from captive Chinese, but it is more likely they did it by instinct.'
  7. 'Seeds which had loose and damaged seed coats imbibed water very rapidly and were discarded during the first hour of imbibition.'
  8. 'A permeable seed imbibes water readily when available, while an impermeable one does not take up water for days or longer.'
  9. 'Seeds were imbibed in water overnight and then sown on absorbent paper in plastic trays and allowed to germinate in the dark for 6 d at which stage the hypocotyls were harvested.'
  10. 'When seeds are imbibed with water, the cells in the cotyledon tissues begin to expand quickly.'
  11. 'Seeds were imbibed under tap water for 5 h and kept at 4°C for 15 h to promote synchronized germination.'

More definitions

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. verb (used without object), imbibed, imbibing.

4. to drink, especially alcoholic beverages: Just a soft drink for me—I don't imbibe.

5. to absorb

More examples(as adjective)

"substances can be imbibe."


Late Middle English (in the senses ‘absorb or cause to absorb moisture’ and ‘take into solution’): from Latin imbibere, from in- ‘in’ + bibere ‘to drink’.