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Noun: imbibing  im'bI-bing
  1. The act of consuming liquids
    - drinking, imbibition
Verb: imbibe  im'bIb
  1. Take in, also metaphorically
    "The sponge imbibes water well";
    - absorb, suck, soak up, sop up, suck up, draw, take in, take up
     
  2. Take (gas, light or heat) into a solution
    - assimilate
     
  3. Take in liquids
    "The patient must imbibe several litres each day";
    - drink
     
  4. Receive into the mind and retain
    "Imbibe ethical principles"

Type of: absorb, assimilate, consume, consumption, have, ingest, ingestion, intake, take, take in, uptake