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English verb: imbibe

1. imbibe (contact) take in, also metaphorically

SamplesThe sponge absorbs water well.
She drew strength from the minister's words.

Synonymsabsorb, draw, soak up, sop up, suck, suck up, take in, take up

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)blot, mop, mop up, sponge up, wipe up

2. imbibe (contact) take (gas, light or heat) into a solution


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)absorb

3. imbibe (consumption) take in liquids

SamplesThe patient must drink several liters each day.
The children like to drink soda.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)consume, have, ingest, take, take in

Narrower (hyponym)belt down, bolt down, down, drain the cup, drink down, drink up, guggle, gulp, gurgle, guzzle, kill, lap, lap up, lick, pop, pour down, quaff, sip, suck, swig, swill, swill down, toss off

4. imbibe (cognition) receive into the mind and retain

SamplesImbibe ethical principles.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)absorb, assimilate, ingest, take in

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