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Definition of sober verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

sober

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˈsoʊbər//
 
[transitive, intransitive] sober (somebody)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sober
 
he / she / it sobers
 
past simple sobered
 
-ing form sobering
 
 
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to make someone behave or think in a more serious and sensible way; to become more serious and sensible The bad news sobered us for a while. He suddenly sobered. Phrasal Verbssober up
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: sober