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

     

    imbibe

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbaɪb//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbaɪb//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they imbibe
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbaɪb//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbaɪb//
     
    he / she / it imbibes
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbaɪbz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbaɪbz//
     
    past simple imbibed
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbaɪbd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbaɪbd//
     
    past participle imbibed
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbaɪbd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbaɪbd//
     
    -ing form imbibing
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbaɪbɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbaɪbɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] imbibe (something) (formal or humorous) to drink something, especially alcohol
  2. 2[transitive] imbibe something (formal) to absorb something, especially information He imbibed elements of oriental mysticism from the years he spent in India.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (in the senses ‘absorb or cause to absorb moisture’ and ‘take into solution’): from Latin imbibere, from in- ‘in’ + bibere ‘to drink’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: imbibe