Imbibe is a fancy word for "drink." If you need to imbibe ten cups of coffee just to get out of the house, you might have a caffeine problem.

Although the verb imbibe means to take in liquids of any sort, if you don't specify the liquid, people are likely to infer you mean an alcoholic beverage. You can also use it figuratively. If you have imbibed every detail about every battle of the U.S. Civil War, you must find the subject interesting.

Definitions of imbibe

v take in liquids

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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 take (gas, light or heat) into a solution

Type of:
become imbued

v take in, also metaphorically

absorb, draw, soak up, sop up, suck, suck up, take in, take up
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mop, mop up, wipe up
to wash or wipe with or as if with a mop
dry (ink) with blotting paper
sponge up
absorb as if with a sponge
swab, swob
wash with a swab or a mop
soak up with a sponge

v receive into the mind and retain

Imbibe ethical principles”
Type of:
absorb, assimilate, ingest, take in
take up mentally

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