verb (past drank /draNGk/; past participle drunk /drəNGk/)[with object]
- 1Take (a liquid) into the mouth and swallow: we sat by the fire, drinking our coffee [no object]: he drank thirstilyMore example sentences
- I can distinctly remember wondering how anyone could bring themselves to drink this disgusting liquid.
- He nodded wordlessly and then thirstily drank the water she offered.
- He added that his greatest concern was about how they would be able to persuade Johnny to drink liquids after his procedure.
- 1.1 [no object] Consume or be in the habit of consuming alcohol, especially to excess: she doesn’t drink or smoke he drank himself into a stupor (as noun drinking) Les was ordered to cut down his drinkingMore example sentences
- We can save a small fortune by simply dropping bad habits like smoking, drinking and gambling.
- It plans to target a core group of 15 homeless people with chronic alcohol problems who drink on the city's streets.
- Ryan said he spent much of the time drinking and had consumed eight or nine pints and a number of shorts.
- 1.2 [no object] (drink up) Consume the rest of a drink, especially in a rapid manner.More example sentences
- In Ireland there is a tradition of having to drink up quickly before leaving the pub at closing time.
- One of the things that fuels the increase in alcohol-related violence is people drinking up when they know they are close to closing time.
- She says the policeman appeared at the pub at 12.10 am but the pub had stopped serving customers by midnight and people were in the process of drinking up.
- 1.3 • informal (Of a plant or a porous substance) absorb (moisture).More example sentences
- The wicking action of the soil draws water into the pot as the plants drink it up.
- You may need to add more water as the beans drink it up.
- Check the water level daily and keep topped up - the tree will drink a lot especially in a warm room.
- 1.4 [no object] (Of wine) have a specified flavor or character when drunk: this wine is really drinking beautifullyMore example sentences
- The wine drinks very well now but it could be kept in the cellar for several more years.
- This wine should drink beautifully for at least a decade.
- Crisply dry, with almost mineral overtones, this elegant Champagne is drinking well now but will cellar comfortably for 5 - 8 years.
- 2 (drink something in) Watch or listen to something with eager pleasure or interest: she strolled to the window to drink in the viewMore example sentences
- From here one could drink in the scenery of the even higher, treeless peaks.
- We tried to savour the day and drink in the atmosphere, but it all went by too quickly
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- 1A liquid that can be swallowed as refreshment or nourishment: cans of soda and other drinks a table covered with food and drinkMore example sentences
- Visitors will also be able to relax with a refreshing drink and snack in the dining room.
- It is important to avoid constantly snacking on sugary foods or sipping fizzy drinks.
- However, if you enjoy the taste of herbs as a garnish to your food, why not enjoy their refreshing and health-giving properties in refreshing summer drinks.
- 1.1A quantity of liquid swallowed: he had a drink of waterMore example sentences
- She took a long drink of water, swallowing it slowly as she looked around the courtyard.
- Cliff nodded, washing down his mouthful with a drink of pale liquid that smelled heavily of mangos.
- She was distressed and had to be given several drinks of water.
- 1.2Alcohol, or the habitual or excessive consumption of alcohol: the effects of too much drink they both took to drinkMore example sentences
- He told the meeting that there would be no consumption of drink at the museum.
- Like many successful Irish events, Dublin football games are bound up with the vast consumption of drink.
- He describes the extravagant body language, the noise, the excessive consumption of food and drink.
- 1.3A glass of liquid, especially when alcoholic: we went for a drinkMore example sentences
- The bartender poured a drink into a shot glass, and gave it to him.
- There are a number of young people who think that if they drink out of a bottle rather than a glass, their drink will not be spiked.
- Smith, the mother of a young son, had been persuaded to go for a drink and thought a glass of wine would leave her system in an hour.
- 1.4 (the drink) • informal The sea or another large area of water.More example sentences
- She was known as a ‘forgiving’ boat, allowing her crew to make mistakes without tossing them into the drink.
- When I stepped off my boat I found that after weeks at sea I could hardly stand - as soon as I stepped onto the jetty I almost fell straight backwards into the drink again.
- Me and Keith got caught by an alarmingly large gust of wind and ended up in the drink.
drink and drive
- Drive a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.More example sentences
- He urged motorists to stick to speed limits, pay attention when driving, wear seatbelts at all times, never drink and drive and always drive according to road conditions.
- This is encouraging people to drink and drive when the message is not to drink and drive at all.
- Since then, the message has been remorselessly driven home: do not drink and drive.
- Take a large draft or drafts of something: • figurative he learned to drink deep of the Catholic traditionMore example sentences
- Harry and Dolly and I stood in the kitchen doorway looking out, sniffing at the cool, damp, slightly metallic smell of the earth drinking deep after so long a drought.
- But Oxfam's research suggests we're drinking deep from the cup of inequity.
- It offers an opportunity to drink deep of the Gothic atmosphere and muse on the blurry boundaries between truth and illusion.
drink someone's health
- Express one’s good wishes for someone by raising one’s glass and drinking a small amount.More example sentences
- I drank their health as they embark on new adventures.
- I signed his card and donated money for a present, and drank his health at the pub.
- Don't be surprised if a perfect stranger comes over to drink your health - it's just that kind of place.
drink (a toast) to
- Celebrate or wish for the good fortune of someone or something by raising one’s glass and drinking a small amount.More example sentences
- Let's drink to that and celebrate our challenging lives!
- I'm off to get a glass of red and drink a toast to all my visitors - whoever and wherever you are.
- As a finale, he tips the water bucket on himself and downs a glass of tap water - drinking to the health of the city, the world and car-free Kensington.
drink someone under the table
- • informal Consume as much alcohol as one’s drinking companion without becoming as drunk.More example sentences
- Girls have always felt like the weaker sex so now they want to show guys that they aren't - even if it's by drinking them under the table!
- I'd tell guys, ‘I can drink you under the table!’
- These guys can drink you under the table, and talk your ears off once you're down there.
I'll drink to that
- Uttered to express one’s agreement with or approval of a statement.More example sentences
- When I get back to civilisation, I'll drink to that.
- To them there has not been anything easy about it and if the next game is won by ten points, well I'll drink to that and look forward to the next
- ‘I'll drink to that,’ Jamie announced, raising her glass of punch before taking a sip.
Old English drincan (verb), drinc (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch drinken and German trinken.