American English

Definition of drink verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they drink
    he / she / it drinks
    past simple drank
    past participle drunk
    -ing form drinking
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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
  3. Idioms
    drink like a fish
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    to drink a lot of alcohol regularly
    drink to somebody's health
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    to wish someone good health as you lift your glass, and then drink from it
    drink somebody under the table (informal)
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    to drink more alcohol than someone else without becoming as drunk as they are
    eat, drink, and be merry (saying)
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    said to encourage someone to enjoy life now, while they can, and not to think of the future
    you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink (saying)
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    you can give someone the opportunity to do something, but you cannot force them to do it if they do not want to
    Phrasal Verbsdrink somethingindrink to somebody/somethingdrink up
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: drink