imbibe

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Borrowing from Old French imbiber, from Latin imbibere, from im- + bibere (to drink), whence also beverage (via Old French), infinitive of bibō, from Proto-Italic *pibō, from Proto-Indo-European *peh₃-, whence also potable, potion.

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imbibe (third-person singular simple present imbibes, present participle imbibing, simple past and past participle imbibed)

  1. To drink (used frequently of alcoholic beverages).
  2. (figuratively) To take in; absorb
    to imbibe knowledge
    • 2006, Marsha Keith Schuchard, Why Mrs Blake Cried, Pimlico 2007, p. 219:
      Like the late Dr Falk (d. 1782), Grabianka was a native of Podolia, where Sabbatian influences were strong among local Jews, and he imbibed many of their notions.

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French[edit]

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imbibe

  1. first-person singular present indicative of imbiber
  2. third-person singular present indicative of imbiber
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of imbiber
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of imbiber
  5. second-person singular imperative of imbiber

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imbibe

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of imbibō