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drink Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a single serving of a beverage
    • I asked for a hot drink
    • likes a drink before dinner
  2. noun the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess
    crapulence; drinking; boozing; drunkenness.
    • drink was his downfall
  3. noun any liquid suitable for drinking
    drinkable; beverage; potable.
    • may I take your beverage order?
  4. noun any large deep body of water
    • he jumped into the drink and had to be rescued
  5. noun the act of swallowing
    swallow; deglutition.
    • one swallow of the liquid was enough
    • he took a drink of his beer and smacked his lips
  6. verb take in liquids
    • The patient must drink several liters each day
    • The children like to drink soda
  7. verb consume alcohol
    fuddle; booze.
    • We were up drinking all night
  8. verb propose a toast to
    toast; wassail; pledge; salute.
    • Let us toast the birthday girl!
    • Let's drink to the New Year
  9. verb be fascinated or spell-bound by; pay close attention to
    drink in.
    • The mother drinks in every word of her son on the stage
  10. verb drink excessive amounts of alcohol; be an alcoholic
    • The husband drinks and beats his wife

Drink intransitive verb
AS. drincan; akin to OS. drinkan, D. drinken, G. trinken, Icel. drekka, Sw. dricka, Dan. drikke, Goth. drigkan. Cf. Drench, Drunken, Drown.
imperfect Drank formerly Drunk ; & past participle Drunk, Drunken ; present participle & verbal noun Drinking Drunken is now rarely used, except as adjective verbal adjective in sense of habitually intoxicated; the form drank, not infrequently used as adjective past participle , is not so analogical
  1. To swallow anything liquid, for quenching thirst or other purpose; to imbibe; to receive or partake of, as if in satisfaction of thirst; as, to drink from a spring.
    Gird thyself, and serve me, till have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink. Luke xvii. 8.
    He shall drink of the wrath the Almighty. Job xxi. 20.
    Drink of the cup that can not cloy. Keble.
  2. To quaff exhilarating or intoxicating liquors, in merriment or feasting; to carouse; to revel; hence, to lake alcoholic liquors to excess; to be intemperate in the se of intoxicating or spirituous liquors; to tipple. Pope.
    And they drank, and were merry with him. Gem. xliii. 34.
    Bolingbroke always spoke freely when he had drunk freely. Thackeray.
    I drink to the general joy of the whole table, And to our dear friend Banquo. Shak.
Drink transitive verb
  1. To swallow (a liquid); to receive, as a fluid, into the stomach; to imbibe; as, to drink milk or water.
    There lies she with the blessed gods in bliss, There drinks the nectar with ambrosia mixed. Spenser.
    The bowl of punch which was brewed and drunk in Mrs. Betty's room. Thackeray.
  2. To take in (a liquid), in any manner; to suck up; to absorb; to imbibe.
    And let the purple violets drink the stream. Dryden.
  3. To take in; to receive within one, through the senses; to inhale; to hear; to see.
    To drink the cooler air, Tennyson.
    My ears have not yet drunk a hundred words Of that tongue's utterance. Shak.
    Let me . . . drink delicious poison from thy eye. Pope.
  4. To smoke, as tobacco. Obs.
    And some men now live ninety years and past, Who never drank to tobacco first nor last. Taylor (1630. )
Drink noun
  1. Liquid to be swallowed; any fluid to be taken into the stomach for quenching thirst or for other purposes, as water, coffee, or decoctions.
    Give me some drink, Titinius. Shak.
  2. Specifically, intoxicating liquor; as, when drink is on, wit is out.

Webster 1913