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



    BrE BrE//drɪŋk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//drɪŋk//
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] a liquid for drinking; an amount of a liquid that you drink Can I have a drink? soft drinks (= cold drinks without alcohol) a drink of water food and drink She took a drink from the glass and then put it down.
  2. 2  [countable, uncountable] alcohol or an alcoholic drink; something that you drink on a social occasion They went for a drink. The drinks are on me (= I'll pay for them). I need a stiff drink (= a very strong drink). (British English) He's got a drink problem. (North American English) He has a drinking problem. (humorous) The children are enough to drive me to drink. (British English) They came home the worse for drink (= drunk). She took to drink (= often drank too much alcohol) after her marriage broke up. See related entries: Addiction
  3. 3drinks [plural] a social occasion where you have alcoholic drinks Would you like to come for drinks on Sunday? a drinks party
  4. Word OriginOld English drincan (verb), drinc (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch drinken and German trinken.Extra examples Can I buy you a drink? Do you want a drink? Do you want ice in your drink? He knocked back his drink in one go and ordered another one. He poured himself a stiff drink to calm his nerves. He taught her how to mix drinks. He took a drink of his beer and sat down. Her money problems drove her to drink. I could do with a nice cool drink. I really need a cold drink. I’ll have a drink of milk, please. I’ll just drink my drink then we can go. Let’s go grab a drink. Plastic drink bottles can be recycled. She had a hot drink and went to bed. She suspected her boss had a drink problem. She took a bottle from the drinks cabinet. She took a long drink of cold water. She went around refilling everyone’s drinks. Some idiot spilled my drink. The entrance charge includes a free drink. The robbers spiked his drink before taking his wallet and passport. They invited us for pre-dinner drinks. They were enjoying a drink by the pool. We ordered a round of drinks while waiting for a table. We were enjoying a leisurely drink before dinner. We’ve been invited to a drinks party. Would you like to go for a drink after work? You will be offered a welcome drink on arrival at the hotel. a stand serving food and drinks Food and drinks will be available. He downed his drink. I felt better after having a drink of water. Jim’s got a drink problem. She bought another round of drinks. She took to drink after her marriage broke up. The children are enough to drive me to drink. The drinks are on me There are crisps and fizzy drinks in the kitchen. They came home the worse for drink. You should stay away from the drink. a drinking problemIdioms (British English, humorous) alcoholic drink
    meat and drink to somebody
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    something that somebody enjoys very much
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: drink