To drink in; to absorb; to suck or take in; to receive as by drinking; as, a person imbibes drink, or a sponge imbibes moisture.
- To drink.
- To absorb or take in as if by drinking: "The whole body . . . imbibes delight through every pore” ( Henry David Thoreau).
- To receive and absorb into the mind: "Gladstone had . . . imbibed a strong prejudice against Americans” ( Philip Magnus).
- Obsolete To permeate; saturate.
- To drink alcoholic beverages.