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Imbibe


IMBI'BE, verb transitive [Latin imbibo; in and bibo, to drink.]

1. To drink in; to absorb; as, a dry or porous body imbibes a fluid; a sponge imbibes moisture.

2. To receive or admit into the mind and retain; as, to imbibe principles; to imbibe errors. Imbibing in the mind always implies retention, at least for a time.

3. To imbue, as used by Newton; but he has not been followed.