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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: imbibere, from bibere 'to drink'

imbibe

verb
     
im‧bibe [intransitive and transitive] formal
1 to drink something, especially alcohol - sometimes used humorously:
Both men imbibed considerable quantities of gin.
2 to accept and be influenced by qualities, ideas, values etc:
She had imbibed the traditions of her family.

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