1. 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.

2. To receive or absorb into the mind and retain; as, to imbibe principles; to imbibe errors.

3. To saturate; to imbue. "Earth, imbibed with . . . Acid."

Origin: L. Imbibere; pref. Im- in + bibere to drink: cf. F. Imbiber. Cf. Bib, Imbue, Potable.

(01 Mar 1998)

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