• WordNet 3.6
    • v imbibe receive into the mind and retain "Imbibe ethical principles"
    • v imbibe take in liquids "The patient must drink several liters each day","The children like to drink soda"
    • v imbibe take in, also metaphorically "The sponge absorbs water well","She drew strength from the minister's words"
    • v imbibe take (gas, light or heat) into a solution
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Imbibe To drink in; to absorb; to soak up; to suck or take in; to receive as by drinking; as, a person imbibes drink, or a sponge imbibes moisture.
    • Imbibe To receive or absorb into the mind and retain; as, to imbibe principles; to imbibe errors.
    • Imbibe To saturate; to imbue. "Earth, imbibed with . . . acid."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • imbibe To drink in; absorb by or as if by drinking: as, a sponge imbibes moisture.
    • imbibe To receive or admit into the mind; imbue one's mind with: as, to imbibe errors.
    • imbibe To cause to drink in; imbue.
    • imbibe To drink; absorb liquid or moisture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Imbibe im-bīb′ to drink in: to absorb: to receive into the mind
    • v.i Imbibe to drink, absorb
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  • Lord Byron
    “I have imbibed such a love for money that I keep some sequins in a drawer to count, and cry over them once a week.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. imbibere,; pref. im-, in + bibere, to drink: cf. F. imbiber,. Cf. Bib Imbue Potable


In literature:

The cup furnishes a thin film like swan-skin which imbibes the sapid exudations from the stem, the source of nourishment.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
Undoubtedly, the germ imbibes materials from this matter for its nurture and growth.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
The Principles he had imbibed by Education, revived in his Conscience.
"The Amours of Zeokinizul, King of the Kofirans" by Claude Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon
That I had imbibed this disease was not to be questioned.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
Assuredly for the body to imbibe muddy waters is a different thing from sucking in the transparency of a sweet fountain.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
He had been imbibing.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
Both the guests went through the ceremony of imbibing, which was only a ceremony to them.
"A Victorious Union" by Oliver Optic
He lived soon after the time of Wickliffe, and imbibed some of his ideas.
"Holidays at the Grange or A Week's Delight" by Emily Mayer Higgins
Thiers seems to have contemplated Napoleon's character till he has imbibed some of its nature.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
Men caught his deep love to a personal Christ without imbibing his doctrinal opinions.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst

In poetry:

Yet in that drowsy stream his flesh imbibes
And old unquenched, unsmotherable heat-
The curbed ferocity of beaten tribes,
The sullen dignity of their defeat.
"The Zulu Girl" by Roy Campbell
Imbibe with your lips and the blaze of your eyes
The transparent days' tear-stained vagueness,
Like the drift of an empty bottle of scent,
Its nostalgic lingering fragrance.
"The spring-it had simply been you" by Boris Pasternak
``Here, 'mid the ruins that you now behold,
You will imbibe the meaning of the Past,
Learning to weigh the new by what is old,
The things that perish, and the things that last.
"Sacred And Profane Love" by Alfred Austin
Some act upon this prudent plan,
“Say little, and hear all you can.”
Safe policy, but hateful—
So barren sands imbibe the shower,
But render neither fruit nor flower,
Unpleasant and ungrateful.
"Friendship" by William Cowper
And while the clouds imbibed a golden hue,
And purple streaks grained yon ethereal blue,
By the glad voice of every early bird
(As some full lake by breezes in their glee
Is rippled into smiles) how sweetly stirred
My spirit then should be!
"A Poet's Home" by Charles Harpur
But, ah! what means thy muddy, muggy hue?
I thought thee limpid as yon ether blue;
I thought an angel's wing might dip below
Thy sparkling surface and be white as snow;
And of thy current I had dared to drink
If not as one imbibing draughts of ink.
"The Sangamon River" by Hattie Howard

In news:

For most, Passover, which begins at sundown today, is commemorated by imbibing wine—and lots of it.
Though some animals, such as bats and birds and of course, humans, are known to imbibe on occasion, the tree shrew s could be nature's biggest lushes.
After-hours imbibing earns Orio's 3-day closure.
Let's spell out your guide to imbibing properly in the metro.
Imbiber's Agenda: Fall Cocktail Menu at BLT Steak (Pictures).
A handful of not-terribly-easy questions for the thoughtful imbiber, from NPR's Ask Me Another By Art Chung.
The economy may have given New Yorkers more reason to drink, but many are imbibing less often at bars and lounges, according to a new Zagat nightlife survey.
Our own imbiber, Dan Dunn, pontificates on the St Germain craze sweeping the NYC bar scene.
The indescribable, imbibable hop .
When James Bond and Séverine imbibe the suave secret agent's drink of choice, rather than an alluring vodka martini reaching their lips, a cold one, of the pale ale Heineken brand, does the trick.
Drink Up Columbus, a website devoted to imbibing in the state capital, reports that Oval Brewing Co. Has secured enough donations through Kickstarter to launch its brewery.
As many as 1 in 13 pregnant women drink alcohol, despite repeated warnings from health care professionals that imbibing can cause problems for their unborn child.
MUST IMBIBE Cheap Beer and Prose Thursday (1/20).
That means they are imbibing between five to eight drinks at a time on a weekly basis.
Imbibe 's Shady Creek Cooler.

In science:

In the special case of two-mode Gaussian states, where the basic entanglement properties are imbibed in the structure of its covariance matrix, the restrictions on the covariance matrix are found [3, 4] to be necessary and sufficient for inseparability.
Constraints on the uncertainties of entangled symmetric qubits