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sober Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb cause to become sober
    • A sobering thought
  2. verb become more realistic
    sober up.
    • After thinking about the potential consequences of his plan, he sobered up
  3. verb become sober after excessive alcohol consumption
    sober up.
    • Keep him in bed until he sobers up
  4. adjective not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)
  5. adjective satellite dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises
    solemn; sedate; grave.
    • a grave God-fearing man
    • a quiet sedate nature
    • as sober as a judge
    • a solemn promise
    • the judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence
  6. adjective satellite lacking brightness or color; dull
    somber; sombre; drab.
    • drab faded curtains
    • sober Puritan grey
    • children in somber brown clothes
  7. adjective completely lacking in playfulness
    serious; unplayful.
WordNet

Sober adjective
Etymology
OE. sobre, F. sobre, from L. sobrius, probably from a prefix so- expressing separation + ebrius drunken. Cf. Ebriety.
Wordforms
comparative Soberer ; superlative Soberest
Definitions
  1. Temperate in the use of spirituous liquors; habitually temperate; as, a sober man.
    That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of Thy holy name. Bk. of Com. Prayer.
  2. Not intoxicated or excited by spirituous liquors; as, the sot may at times be sober.
  3. Not mad or insane; not wild, visionary, or heated with passion; exercising cool, dispassionate reason; self-controlled; self-possessed.
    There was not a sober person to be had; all was tempestuous and blustering. Druden.
    No sober man would put himself into danger for the applause of escaping without breaking his neck. Dryden.
  4. Not proceeding from, or attended with, passion; calm; as, sober judgment; a man in his sober senses.
  5. Serious or subdued in demeanor, habit, appearance, or color; solemn; grave; sedate.
    What parts gay France from sober Spain? Prior.
    See her sober over a sampler, or gay over a jointed baby. Pope.
    Twilight gray Had in her sober livery all things clad. Milton.
    Syn. -- Grave; temperate; abstinent; abstemious; moderate; regular; steady; calm; quiet; cool; collected; dispassionate; unimpassioned; sedate; staid; serious; solemn; somber. See Grave.
So"ber transitive verb
Wordforms
imperfect & past participle Sobered ; present participle & verbal noun Sobering
Definitions
  1. To make sober.
    There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And drinking largely sobers us again. Pope.
So"ber intransitive verb
Definitions
  1. To become sober; -- often with down.
    Vance gradually sobered down. Ld. Lytton.

Webster 1913


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