Meaning of “drink” in the English Dictionary

"drink" in British English

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drinknoun [ C or U ]

uk /drɪŋk/ us /drɪŋk/

drink noun [ C or U ] (LIQUID)

A1 (an amount of) liquid that is taken into the body through the mouth:

Would you like a drink of water/tea/juice?
They'd had no food or drink for two days.

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drink noun [ C or U ] (ALCOHOL)

A2 alcoholic liquid:

Do we have time for a quick drink?
Whose turn is it to buy the drinks?
UK We ran out of drink at the party.
drinks [ plural ]

a party at which you have drinks, especially alcoholic drinks:

Come for drinks on Saturday.
UK We're having a small drinks party for one of our colleagues who's leaving next week.

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uk /drɪŋk/ us /drɪŋk/ drank, drunk

drink verb (LIQUID)

A1 [ I or T ] to take liquid into the body through the mouth:

He drank three glasses of water.
The animals came down to the waterhole to drink.

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drink verb (ALCOHOL)

A2 [ I ] to drink alcohol:

"Would you like a glass of wine?" "No thanks, I don't drink."
I didn't drink at all while I was pregnant.

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(Definition of “drink” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"drink" in American English

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us /drɪŋk/ past tense drank /dræŋk/ , past participle drunk /drʌŋk/

drink verb (TAKE LIQUID)

[ I/T ] to take in and swallow an amount of liquid through the mouth:

[ T ] She drinks a glass of orange juice every morning.

drink verb (TAKE ALCOHOL)

[ I ] to take in an alcoholic liquid:

He used to drink heavily.


us /drɪŋk/

drink noun (LIQUID)

[ C/U ] liquid which is taken into the body through the mouth:

[ C ] May I have a drink of water?

drink noun (ALCOHOL)

[ C ] a liquid containing alcohol:

Who's buying the drinks?

(Definition of “drink” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)