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
  1. verb
    take in liquids
    synonyms: drink
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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
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    consume, have, ingest, take, take in
    serve oneself to, or consume regularly
  2. verb
    take (gas, light or heat) into a solution
    synonyms: assimilate
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    become imbued
  3. verb
    take in, also metaphorically
    synonyms: 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
  4. verb
    receive into the mind and retain
    Imbibe ethical principles”
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    absorb, assimilate, ingest, take in
    take up mentally
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