drink

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English drinken, from Old English drincan (to drink, swallow up, engulf), from Proto-Germanic *drinkaną (to drink), *drengkan, of uncertain origin; possibly from Proto-Indo-European *dʰrenǵ- (to draw into one's mouth, sip, gulp), nasalised variant of *dʰreǵ- (to draw, glide). Cognate with West Frisian drinke (to drink), Low German drinken (to drink), Dutch drinken (to drink), German trinken (to drink), Danish drikke (to drink).

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drink (third-person singular simple present drinks, present participle drinking, simple past drank or regional (southern US) drunk or nonstandard drinked, past participle drunk (obsolete drunken) or informal drank or nonstandard drinked)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To consume (a liquid) through the mouth.
    • Spenser
      There lies she with the blessed gods in bliss, / There drinks the nectar with ambrosia mixed.
    • Thackeray
      the bowl of punch which was brewed and drunk in Mrs. Betty's room
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 2, The Mirror and the Lamp[1]:
      That the young Mr. Churchills liked—but they did not like him coming round of an evening and drinking weak whisky-and-water while he held forth on railway debentures and corporation loans. Mr. Barrett, however, by fawning and flattery, seemed to be able to make not only Mrs. Churchill but everyone else do what he desired.
    He drank the water I gave him.
    You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.
  2. (intransitive) To consume alcoholic beverages.
    You've been drinking, haven't you?
    No thanks, I don't drink.
    • Thackeray
      Bolingbroke always spoke freely when he had drunk freely.
    • Shakespeare
      I drink to the general joy of the whole table, / And to our dear friend Banquo.
  3. To take in (a liquid), in any manner; to suck up; to absorb; to imbibe.
    • Dryden
      Let the purple violets drink the stream.
  4. To take in; to receive within one, through the senses; to inhale; to hear; to see.
    • Tennyson
      to drink the cooler air
    • Shakespeare
      My ears have not yet drunk a hundred words / Of that tongue's utterance.
    • Alexander Pope
      Let me [] drink delicious poison from thy eye.
  5. (obsolete) To smoke, as tobacco.
    • Taylor (1630)
      And some men now live ninety years and past, / Who never drank tobacco first nor last.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English drync, from Proto-Germanic *drunkiz, *drankiz. Compare Dutch drank.

Noun[edit]

drink (countable and uncountable, plural drinks)

  1. A beverage.
    I’d like another drink please.
  2. A (served) alcoholic beverage.
    Can I buy you a drink?
  3. The action of drinking, especially with the verbs take or have.
    He was about to take a drink from his root beer.
  4. A type of beverage (usually mixed).
    My favourite drink is the White Russian.
  5. Alcohol beverages in general.
    • 1935, George Goodchild, chapter 1, Death on the Centre Court:
      She mixed furniture with the same fatal profligacy as she mixed drinks, and this outrageous contact between things which were intended by Nature to be kept poles apart gave her an inexpressible thrill.
  6. (colloquial, with the) Any body of water.
    If he doesn't pay off the mafia, he’ll wear cement shoes to the bottom of the drink!
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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Dutch drinken.

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drink (present drink, present participle drinkende, past participle gedrink)

  1. to drink

Czech[edit]

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From English drink.

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drink m, inanimate

  1. drink (a (mixed) alcoholic beverage)

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Danish[edit]

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drink c (singular definite drinken, plural indefinite drinks)

  1. drink; a (mixed) alcoholic beverage

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Dutch[edit]

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drink

  1. first-person singular present indicative of drinken
  2. imperative of drinken

French[edit]

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English drink

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drink m (plural drinks)

  1. A reception or after party where alcohol is served.

Italian[edit]

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From English

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drink m (invariable)

  1. drink (served beverage and mixed beverage)

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Low German[edit]

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drink

  1. First-person singular of drinken

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drink c

  1. drink; a (mixed) alcoholic beverage

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