To drink is to sip, slurp, or gulp a liquid. On extremely hot days, it's important to drink plenty of water.

When you ingest any liquid, you drink it, although the verb drink is very often used to refer specifically to the sipping and swallowing of alcoholic beverages. If a bartender asks, "Do you drink?" she probably means "Do you drink alcohol?" A drink, likewise, can mean any beverage — tea, water, or lemonade — or it can mean an alcoholic one. The Old English root, drincan means both "to drink" and "to engulf."

Primary Meanings of drink

take in liquids
any liquid suitable for drinking
any large deep body of water
be fascinated or spell-bound by; pay close attention to
Full Definitions of drink

v take in liquids

“The patient must drink several liters each day”
“The children like to drink soda”
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swill, swill down
drink large quantities of (liquid, especially alcoholic drink)
draw into the mouth by creating a practical vacuum in the mouth
guggle, gurgle
drink from a flask with a gurgling sound
drink in sips
drink greedily or as if with great thirst
lap, lap up, lick
take up with the tongue
drain the cup, drink up
drink to the last drop
gulp, quaff, swig
to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught
belt down, bolt down, down, drink down, kill, pop, pour down, toss off
drink down entirely
Type of:
consume, have, ingest, take, take in
serve oneself to, or consume regularly

v consume alcohol

“We were up drinking all night”
booze, fuddle
drink excessive amounts of alcohol; be an alcoholic
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consume excessive amounts of alcohol
drink port
drink claret
bar hop, pub-crawl
go from one pub to the next and get progressively more drunk
bib, tipple
drink moderately but regularly
hit it up, inebriate, soak, souse
become drunk or drink excessively
drink wine
carry, hold
drink alcohol without showing ill effects
Type of:
consume, have, ingest, take, take in
serve oneself to, or consume regularly

v drink excessive amounts of alcohol; be an alcoholic

“The husband drinks and beats his wife”
booze, fuddle
consume alcohol
Type of:
habituate, use
take or consume (regularly or habitually)

v propose a toast to

“Let's drink to the New Year”
pledge, salute, toast, wassail
Type of:
honor, honour, reward
bestow honor or rewards upon

n any liquid suitable for drinking

beverage, drinkable, potable
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a white nutritious liquid secreted by mammals and used as food by human beings
any thin watery drink
a medicinal or magical or poisonous beverage
alcohol, alcoholic beverage, alcoholic drink, inebriant, intoxicant
a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent
honey diluted in water; becomes mead when fermented
wine mixed with honey
near beer
drink that resembles beer but with less than 1/2 percent alcohol
ginger beer
carbonated slightly alcoholic drink flavored with fermented ginger
club soda or fruit juice used to mix with alcohol
an iced drink especially white wine and fruit juice
a drink that refreshes
a thick smooth drink consisting of fresh fruit pureed with ice cream or yoghurt or milk
an effervescent beverage (usually alcoholic)
cider, cyder
a beverage made from juice pressed from apples
chocolate, cocoa, drinking chocolate, hot chocolate
a beverage made from cocoa powder and milk and sugar; usually drunk hot
fruit crush, fruit juice
drink produced by squeezing or crushing fruit
ade, fruit drink
a sweetened beverage of diluted fruit juice
South American tea-like drink made from leaves of a South American holly called mate
soft drink
nonalcoholic beverage (usually carbonated)
coffee, java
a beverage consisting of an infusion of ground coffee beans
a beverage made by steeping tea leaves in water
tea-like drink
a beverage that resembles tea but is not made from tea leaves
drinking water
water suitable for drinking
coffee substitute
a drink resembling coffee that is sometimes substituted for it
sour milk
milk that has turned sour
pasteurized milk
milk that has been exposed briefly to high temperatures to destroy microorganisms and prevent fermentation
cows' milk
milk obtained from dairy cows
yak's milk
the milk of a yak
goats' milk
the milk of a goat
acidophilus milk
milk fermented by bacteria; used to treat gastrointestinal disorders
raw milk
unpasteurized milk
scalded milk
milk heated almost to boiling
homogenized milk
milk with the fat particles broken up and dispersed uniformly so the cream will not rise
certified milk
milk from dairies regulated by an authorized medical milk commission
dried milk, dry milk, milk powder, powdered milk
dehydrated milk
evaporated milk
milk concentrated by evaporation
condensed milk
sweetened evaporated milk
skim milk, skimmed milk
milk from which the cream has been skimmed
semi-skimmed milk
milk from which some of the cream has been removed
whole milk
milk from which no constituent (such as fat) has been removed
low-fat milk
milk from which some of the cream has been removed
residue from making butter from sour raw milk; or pasteurized milk curdled by adding a culture
a substance believed to cure all ills
love-philter, love-philtre, love-potion, philter, philtre
a drink credited with magical power; can make the one who takes it love the one who gave it
proof spirit
a mixture containing half alcohol by volume at 60 degrees Fahrenheit
home brew, homebrew
an alcoholic beverage (especially beer) made at home
hooch, hootch
an illicitly distilled (and usually inferior) alcoholic liquor
kava, kavakava
an alcoholic drink made from the aromatic roots of the kava shrub
alcoholic beverage taken before a meal as an appetizer
brew, brewage
drink made by steeping and boiling and fermenting rather than distilling
rice beer, sake, saki
Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice; usually served hot
made from sap of the Australasian nipa palm
vino, wine
fermented juice (of grapes especially)
John Barleycorn, booze, hard drink, hard liquor, liquor, spirits, strong drink
an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented
ethyl alcohol, neutral spirits
nonflavored alcohol of 95 percent or 190 proof used for blending with straight whiskies and in making gin and liqueurs
fermented Mexican drink from juice of various agave plants especially the maguey
cordial, liqueur
strong highly flavored sweet liquor usually drunk after a meal
mixed drink
made of two or more ingredients
Irish coffee
sweetened coffee with Irish whiskey and whipped cream
cafe au lait
equal parts of coffee and hot milk
cafe noir, demitasse
small cup of strong black coffee without milk or cream
decaf, decaffeinated coffee
coffee with the caffeine removed
drip coffee
coffee made by passing boiling water through a perforated container packed with finely ground coffee
strong black coffee brewed by forcing hot water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans
cappuccino, cappuccino coffee, coffee cappuccino
equal parts of espresso and hot milk topped with cinnamon and nutmeg and usually whipped cream
ice coffee, iced coffee
a strong sweetened coffee served over ice with cream
instant coffee
dehydrated coffee that can be made into a drink by adding hot water
mocha, mocha coffee
a superior dark coffee made from beans from Arabia
Turkish coffee
a drink made from pulverized coffee beans; usually sweetened
chocolate milk
milk flavored with chocolate syrup
hard cider
alcoholic drink from fermented cider; `cider' and `cyder' are European (especially British) usages for the fermented beverage
strong cider (as made in western England)
sweet cider
unfermented cider
a fermented and often effervescent beverage made from juice of pears; similar in taste to hard cider
any alcoholic beverage of inferior quality
an amount of an alcoholic drink (usually liquor) that is poured or gulped
fruit juice especially when undiluted
apple juice
the juice of apples
cranberry juice
the juice of cranberries (always diluted and sweetened)
grape juice
the juice of grapes
grapefruit juice
the juice of grapefruits
orange juice
bottled or freshly squeezed juice of oranges
pineapple juice
the juice of pineapples (usually bottled or canned)
koumiss, kumis
an alcoholic beverage made from fermented mare's milk; made originally by nomads of central Asia
sweetened beverage of diluted lemon juice
sweetened beverage of lime juice and water
sweetened beverage of diluted orange juice
pop, soda, soda pop, soda water, tonic
a sweet drink containing carbonated water and flavoring
birch beer
carbonated drink containing an extract from bark of birch trees
bitter lemon
tart lemon-flavored carbonated drink
cola, dope
carbonated drink flavored with extract from kola nuts (`dope' is a southernism in the United States)
cream soda
sweet carbonated drink flavored with vanilla
egg cream
made of milk and flavored syrup with soda water
ginger ale, ginger pop
ginger-flavored carbonated drink
orange soda
orange-flavored carbonated drink
carbonated drink with fruit syrup and a little phosphoric acid
root beer
carbonated drink containing extracts of roots and herbs
carbonated drink flavored with an extract from sarsaparilla root or with birch oil and sassafras
quinine water, tonic, tonic water
lime- or lemon-flavored carbonated water containing quinine
cafe royale, coffee royal
black coffee with Cognac and lemon peel and sugar
cambric tea
a beverage for children containing hot water and milk and sugar and a small amount of tea
cuppa, cupper
a cup of tea
herb tea, herbal, herbal tea
tea-like drink made of leaves of various herbs
ice tea, iced tea
strong tea served over ice
sun tea
tea made by exposing tea leaves steeped in water to the direct rays of the sun; usually served with ice
bottled water
drinking water (often spring water) that is put into bottles and offered for sale
sugar water
water sweetened with sugar
ice water
water served ice-cold or with ice
carbonated water, club soda, seltzer, soda water, sparkling water
effervescent beverage artificially charged with carbon dioxide
mineral water
water naturally or artificially impregnated with mineral salts or gasses; often effervescent; often used therapeutically
Type of:
food, nutrient
any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue
a substance that is liquid at room temperature and pressure

n a single serving of a beverage

“I asked for a hot drink
“likes a drink before dinner”
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a drink to follow immediately after another drink
draft, draught, potation, tipple
a serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg
pledge, toast
a drink in honor of or to the health of a person or event
(facetious) a serving of an alcoholic beverage
eye opener
an alcoholic drink intended to wake one up early in the morning
an alcoholic drink taken at bedtime; often alcoholic
hair of the dog
an alcoholic drink supposed to cure a hangover
shandy, shandygaff
a drink made of beer and lemonade
stirrup cup
a farewell drink (especially one offered to a horseman ready to depart); usually alcoholic
a drink taken at sundown
sweet spiced hot milk curdled with ale or beer
sillabub, syllabub
spiced hot milk with rum or wine
sangaree, sangria
sweetened red wine and orange or lemon juice with soda water
whiskey neat, whisky neat
a drink consisting of whiskey without a mixer
whiskey on the rocks, whisky on the rocks
whiskey with ice
float, ice-cream float, ice-cream soda
a drink with ice cream floating in it
milk shake, milkshake, shake
frothy drink of milk and flavoring and sometimes fruit or ice cream
liqueur poured over shaved ice
a hearty draft
root beer float
an ice-cream soda made with ice cream floating in root beer
a milkshake with egg in it
thick milkshake containing ice cream
malt, malted, malted milk
a milkshake made with malt powder
Type of:
helping, portion, serving
an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal

n the act of swallowing

“he took a drink of his beer and smacked his lips”
deglutition, swallow
swallowing air (usually followed by belching and discomfort and flatulence)
draft, draught, gulp, swig
a large and hurried swallow
a small drink
Type of:
consumption, ingestion, intake, uptake
the process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating)

n the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess

drink was his downfall”
boozing, crapulence, drinking, drunkenness
drinking bout
a long period of drinking
Type of:
intemperance, intemperateness
consumption of alcoholic drinks

n any large deep body of water

“he jumped into the drink and had to be rescued”
Type of:
body of water, water
the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean)

v be fascinated or spell-bound by; pay close attention to

“The mother drinks in every word of her son on the stage”
drink in
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absorb, engross, engulf, immerse, plunge, soak up, steep
devote (oneself) fully to

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