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imbibe (v.)

late 14c., from Old French imbiber, embiber "to soak into," and directly from Latin imbibere "absorb, drink in, inhale," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (from PIE root *en "in") + bibere "to drink," related to potare "to drink," from PIE root *po(i)- "to drink." Figurative sense of "mentally drink in" (knowledge, ideas, etc.) was the main one in classical Latin, first attested in English 1550s. Related: Imbibed; imbibing.

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Definitions of imbibe from WordNet

imbibe (v.)
take in, also metaphorically;
Synonyms: absorb / suck / soak up / sop up / suck up / draw / take in / take up
imbibe (v.)
take (gas, light or heat) into a solution;
Synonyms: assimilate
imbibe (v.)
take in liquids;
Synonyms: drink
imbibe (v.)
receive into the mind and retain;
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