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.

More examples

  • I like to have a hot drink at bedtime.
  • In hot weather, shops do a brisk trade in cold drinks and ice creams.
  • I don't let the children have sweet fizzy drinks.
  • I think apple juice is your favourite drink, isn't it?
  • The table tipped and all our drinks fell on the floor.

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.

More examples

  • "I've bought you a drink." "Cheers, mate."
  • We can't get a drink! It's after (pub) closing time.
  • I won't have another drink, thanks. I need to have a clear head for my meeting in the morning.
  • We could go for a drink after work tomorrow, if you like.
  • He has some information I want, so I'm going to try to coax it out of him over a drink.

Idiom(s)

drinkverb

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.

More examples

  • If I drink too much coffee, I can't sleep.
  • You'll dehydrate very quickly in this heat, if you don't drink lots of water.
  • It's strange how drinking a lot of water can often make you feel thirsty.
  • She drank two whole glassfuls of orange juice.
  • I love milk - I drink gallons of the stuff.

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.

More examples

  • It's a classic case of the bored-housewife syndrome - she's got nothing to do all day except drink and go shopping.
  • I'm a social drinker - I only drink when I'm with other people.
  • You look a bit rough - how much did you have to drink last night?
  • He drank himself to death.
  • He drank, womanized and wasted money.

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

"drink" in American English

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drinkverb

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.

drinknoun

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)