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imbibe (verb) drink in (especially alcohol); absorb, accept, and be influenced (by ideas, etc.).

When you imbibe you drink something, especially alcohol. People imbibing too much of alcohol, walk unsteadily and talk nonsense; that is, people drinking alcohol to excess cannot walk steadily and do not talk sense. You imbibe ideas, beliefs, principles, etc., if you accept them, or are influenced by them. When you imbibe, for example, the idea of socialism, you accept the ideals of socialism and are very much influenced by them. You too begin to work for and propagate the ideals of socialism.

  • Having imbibed too much at the party, he walked unsteadily to the car park and was looking for someone to drive him home. He was sensible enough not to think of driving while drunk.
  • From his uncle he imbibed the ideal of service and quite early in his life, started orphanages and charity homes for the service of such less privileged.
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