sober Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “sober” in the English Dictionary

"sober" in British English

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soberadjective

uk   /ˈsəʊ.bər/  us   /ˈsoʊ.bɚ/

sober adjective (NOT DRUNK)

C2 not ​drunk or ​affected by ​alcohol: Are you sober enough to ​drive, Jim? I'd had no ​wine all ​evening so I was stonecold (= ​completely) sober.
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sober adjective (SERIOUS)

C2 serious and ​calm: In ​fact the ​wholewedding was a sober ​affair - no ​dancing, just ​peoplestanding around in ​groupschattingpolitely. Anthony was in a very sober ​mood - I ​scarcelyheard him ​laugh all ​night.

sober adjective (NOT BRIGHT)

C2 Clothes or ​colours that are sober are ​plain and not ​bright.

soberverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈsəʊ.bər/  us   /ˈsoʊ.bɚ/
to ​become more ​calm and ​serious, or to make someone do this: News of the ​tragedy sobered us.
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(Definition of sober from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sober" in American English

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soberadjective

 us   /ˈsoʊ·bər/

sober adjective (NOT DRUNK)

having had no ​alcohol; not ​drunk

sober adjective (SERIOUS)

serious and ​calm: The sober ​expression had not ​left Martin’s ​face.
(Definition of sober from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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