Definition of sober in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈsəʊbə

adjective (soberer, soberest)


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  • 1Make or become sober after drinking alcohol: [with object]: that coffee sobered him up [no object]: I ought to sober up a bit
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    • It is entirely acceptable to have a lie-down in the afternoon to sober up after lunch and prepare for more drinking at dinner.
    • Well, I had to get my beer drinking done quickly, so that I could sober up soon enough to return the van.
    • If drivers are very drunk, they will be locked in the cells to sober up.
    become sober, become clear-headed
    informal dry out
    make sober, clear someone's head
    informal dry out
  • 1.1Make or become more serious, sensible, and solemn: [no object]: his expression sobered her (as adjective sobering) a sobering thought
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    • The commander's approach was sufficient to sober down the concerned group, which quickly waved the white flag.
    • The play sobers up and offers serious moments, such as the anecdote of the Cuban immigrant's terrifying raft trip to the United States, leaving no doubt that beyond the humor there is a deep pool of thought and feeling.
    • She looked up to see his grim expression and immediately sobered.
    become (more) serious, settle (down), relax, soften, steady, coolmake (more) serious; subdue, calm down, quieten, steady; bring to, bring down to earth, make reflective/pensive, make someone stop and think, give someone pause for thought


(as) sober as a judge

Completely sober.
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  • I went to bed at 10:30 last night sober as a judge and slept right through to wake up at 8am this morning feeling terrible.
  • But on this occasion he sounded sober as a judge.
  • These are the people who will be sober as a judge (surely a contradiction in terms), will not miss a thing and will remember it all in the morning.



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  • His soberingly scientific theory is that it comes down to something called acting.
  • The fabric is soberingly disgusting, and this is in an area that has no weather.
  • He was wearing a neck brace so loosely fashioned that it looked less like a helpful medical device than a prop from a high-school play, and at 10 o'clock on this soberingly cold morning, he seemed drunk.


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  • We must look at their intentions and soberly assess their actions and their capabilities.
  • The solemn eyes regarded him soberly for a few moments.
  • Thus it is wise to think soberly and seriously about my departure.


Middle English: from Old French sobre, from Latin sobrius.

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