Definition of drink verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//drɪŋk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//drɪŋk//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they drink
    BrE BrE//drɪŋk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//drɪŋk//
    he / she / it drinks
    BrE BrE//drɪŋks//
    ; NAmE NAmE//drɪŋks//
    past simple drank
    BrE BrE//dræŋk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dræŋk//
    past participle drunk
    BrE BrE//drʌŋk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//drʌŋk//
    -ing form drinking
    BrE BrE//ˈdrɪŋkɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdrɪŋkɪŋ//
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  1. 1  [transitive, intransitive] drink (something) to take liquid into your mouth and swallow it What would you like to drink? In hot weather, drink plenty of water. I don't drink coffee. He was drinking straight from the bottle.
  2. 2  [intransitive, transitive] to drink alcohol, especially when it is done regularly He doesn't drink. Don't drink and drive (= drive a car after drinking alcohol). She's been drinking heavily since she lost her job. drink something I drank far too much last night. drink yourself + adj. He had drunk himself unconscious on vodka. see also drunk See related entries: Addiction
  3. Word OriginOld English drincan (verb), drinc (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch drinken and German trinken.Extra examples At that age they can legally drink alcohol. Do you want something to eat or drink? Drink up, and let’s go home. Go and get yourself something to eat and drink. He drank from a tumbler. He filled a cup with water and drank it down in one gulp. He knew that he was probably drinking himself to death. He’s been drinking heavily since he lost his job. I never drink alone. I opened the can and drank thirstily. I pulled the ring-top from the can and drank greedily. One way of persuading people to drink sensibly is to provide good-tasting alternatives with less alcohol. She had been drinking steadily since the early morning. She had never been someone who drank regularly. She was drinking soda through a straw. Simon was drinking like a fish that evening. The campaign aims to persuade people not to drink and drive. ads that tell people to drink responsibly Don’t drink and drive. He doesn’t drink. He drank his lemonade through a straw. I don’t drink coffee. In hot weather, you should drink plenty of water. She drinks like a fish. She’s been drinking heavily since she lost her job.Idioms
    drink somebody’s health
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    (British English) to wish somebody good health as you lift your glass, and then drink from it
    to drink a lot of alcohol regularly
    drink somebody under the table
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    (informal) to drink more alcohol than somebody else without becoming as drunk as they are
    eat, drink and be merry
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    (saying) said to encourage somebody to enjoy life now, while they can, and not to think of the future
    you can lead/take a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink
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    (saying) you can give somebody the opportunity to do something, but you cannot force them to do it if they do not want to
    Phrasal Verbsdrink somethingindrink to somebodydrink up
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