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sober

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsoberso‧ber1 /ˈsəʊbə $ ˈsoʊbər/ ●○○ adjective 🔊 🔊 1 DRUNKnot drunk 🔊 He’s a nice guy when he’s sober.2 SERIOUS PERSONserious, and thinking or making you think carefully about things 🔊 a sober hard-working young man 🔊 a sober reminder of the difficulties we face3 SIMPLE/PLAINplain and not at all brightly coloured 🔊 a sober grey suitsoberly adverb
Examples from the Corpus
soberThis fact is the basis for the one-drink-an-hour rule of thumb for remaining sober.I'll drive you home - I think I'm the only one here that's sober.I don't think I've ever seen Bill sober.I hadn't been sober and I'd quite fancied my chances with one of the birds.Recently his tone has become more sober and philosophical.I went to see Professor Dandavate, a sober and respected academic.Now, seeing the sober blue gleam from the Police Station she went in.He had not retired to bed sober, but then he rarely, if ever, did.a sober gray suitThey'd gone from legless to stone cold sober in nothing flat.a sober-looking man in a grey suitHe's a sober, thoughtful, intelligent guy.Hallucinations and dreams are to be discriminated from sober waking experience.Was Garcia sober when he drove off?
sobersober2 (also sober down) verb [intransitive, transitive] 🔊 🔊 SERIOUS/NOT JOKINGto become more serious in behaviour or attitude, or to make someone become more serious 🔊 His expression sobered instantly. sober up→ See Verb table
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soberEven the hardest of the men there was sobered by her outburst.There was a long silence, both of them sobered by the knowledge that casualties were likely.But they sobered up, became responsible, democratic adults.
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Verb table
sober
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theysober
he, she, itsobers
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theysobered
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave sobered
he, she, ithas sobered
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad sobered
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill sober
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have sobered
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam sobering
he, she, itis sobering
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you, we, theyare sobering
Past
I, he, she, itwas sobering
you, we, theywere sobering
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been sobering
he, she, ithas been sobering
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been sobering
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be sobering
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been sobering
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