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imbibe

im·bibe

imbibe

 
 
pronunciation:
ihm baIb
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: imbibed, imbibes, imbibing
definition 1: to take up or consume by drinking.
His aunt never imbibed alcohol except on very special occasions.
synonyms:
drink, quaff, swallow
antonyms:
teetotal
similar words:
drain, gulp, guzzle, lap, nip, sip, swig, swill, toss off
definition 2: to take up into the mind.
Children tend to imbibe their parents' attitudes.
synonyms:
absorb, assimilate, digest, osmose, soak in
similar words:
acquire, learn, pick up
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to drink or absorb liquid.
synonyms:
drink, quaff
similar words:
guzzle, sip, swig, swill
derivation: imbiber (n.)
Word Parts
The word imbibe contains the following part:
im-1 Latin prefix that means in, into, on
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The prefix im-1 occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of in-1 used before roots beginning with m, p, and b, such as "mers," "port," and "bib."