• (RP, GA) enPR: drĭngk, IPA: /dɹɪŋk/, [dɹɪŋk], [d͡ʒɹɪŋk]

drink (drinks, present participle drinking; past drank, past participle drunk)

  1. (ambitransitive) To consume (a liquid) through the mouth.
    He drank the water I gave him.
    You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.
    • 1579, Immeritô [pseudonym; Edmund Spenser], “Nouember. Aegloga Vndecima.”, in The Shepheardes Calender: […], London: Printed by Hugh Singleton, […], OCLC 606515406 ↗; republished as The Shepheardes Calender, […], imprinted at London: By Iohn Wolfe for Iohn Harrison the yonger, […], 1586, OCLC 837880809 ↗, folio 47, recto ↗:
      {...}} There liues ſhee with the bleſſed Gods in bliſſe: / There drinks the Nectar with Ambroſia mixt :
      to drink the cooler air
    • c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene ii]:
      My ears have not yet drunk a hundred words / Of that tongue's utterance.
    • 1717, Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard:
      Let me […] drink delicious poison from thy eye.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To smoke, as tobacco.
    • And some men now live ninety years and past, / Who never drank tobacco first nor last.
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  1. A beverage.
    I’d like another drink please.
  2. (uncountable, archaic) Drinks in general; something to drink
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗:
      , Book of Matthew 25:35:
      quote en
  3. A type of beverage (usually mixed).
    My favourite drink is the White Russian.
  4. A (served) alcoholic beverage.
    Can I buy you a drink?
  5. The action of drinking, especially with the verbs take or have.
    He was about to take a drink from his root beer.
  6. Alcoholic beverages in general.
  7. (colloquial, with the) Any body of water.
    If he doesn't pay off the mafia, he’ll wear cement shoes to the bottom of the drink!
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