tonic Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “tonic” in the English Dictionary

"tonic" in British English

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uk   /ˈtɒn.ɪk/  us   /ˈtɑː.nɪk/

tonic noun (MEDICINE)

[C] a ​liquidmedicine that has the ​generaleffect of making you ​feelbetterrather than ​treating a ​particularhealthproblem that you might have [S] informal something that makes you ​feelstronger or ​happier: The ​magazine is ​lively and ​interesting - the ​picturesalone are a tonic.

tonic noun (DRINK)

[C or U] (also tonic water) carbonated (= with ​bubbles)water with a ​bittertaste that can be ​drunk on ​its own or ​added to ​alcoholicdrinks: Two ​gin and tonics, ​please.
(Definition of tonic from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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tonicnoun [C]

 us   /ˈtɑn·ɪk/
a ​liquidmedicineintended to make you ​feelbettergenerallyrather than ​treating a ​particularhealthproblem A tonic is also anything that makes you ​feelbetter: Seeing his ​grandchildren was the ​perfect tonic for him.
(Definition of tonic from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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