—v.t. 1. to consume (liquids) by drinking; drink: He imbibed great quantities of iced tea. 2. to absorb or soak up, as water, light, or heat: Plants imbibe moisture from the soil. 3. to take or receive into the mind, as knowledge, ideas, or the like: to imbibe a sermon; to imbibe beautiful scenery.
—v.i. 1. to drink, esp. alcoholic beverages: Just a soft drink for me—I don't imbibe. 2. to absorb liquid or moisture.
3. Archaic.to soak or saturate; imbue.