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Definition of sober adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[not usually before noun] not drunk (= not affected by alcohol) I promised him that I'd stay sober tonight. He was as sober as a judge (= completely sober ).
  2. 2(of people and their behavior) serious and sensible a sober assessment of the situation He is honest, sober and hard-working. On sober reflection (= after some serious thought), I don't think I really need a car after all.
  3. 3(of colors or clothes) plain and not bright a sober gray suit
    adverb He was soberly dressed.
  5. Idioms
    stone-cold sober
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    having drunk no alcohol at all
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: sober

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