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

 

sober

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈsəʊbə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsoʊbər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sober
BrE BrE//ˈsəʊbə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsoʊbər//
 
he / she / it sobers
BrE BrE//ˈsəʊbəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsoʊbərz//
 
past simple sobered
BrE BrE//ˈsəʊbəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsoʊbərd//
 
past participle sobered
BrE BrE//ˈsəʊbəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsoʊbərd//
 
-ing form sobering
BrE BrE//ˈsəʊbərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsoʊbərɪŋ//
 
 
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[transitive, intransitive] sober (somebody) to make somebody behave or think in a more serious and sensible way; to become more serious and sensible The bad news sobered us for a while. He suddenly sobered. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French sobre, from Latin sobrius. Phrasal Verbssober up
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sober