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Usage statistics for the noun drink:

conversational speech83.59%task-oriented speech16.41%

Usage statistics for the verb drink:

conversational speech84.95%task-oriented speech15.05%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun drink:

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The word drink is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun drink

What does drink mean as a name of something?

Drink is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: drinks

  1. a single serving of a beverage
  2. the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess
  3. any liquid suitable for drinking
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • synonyms of drink: beverage / drinkable / potable
    • more generic words: food / nutrient = any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue; liquid = a substance that is liquid at room temperature and pressure
    • more specific terms:
      • milk = a white nutritious liquid secreted by mammals and used as food by human beings
      • wish-wash = any thin watery drink
      • potion = a medicinal or magical or poisonous beverage
      • alcoholic beverage / alcoholic drink / intoxicant / inebriant / alcohol = a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent
      • hydromel = honey diluted in water
      • oenomel = wine mixed with honey
      • near beer = drink that resembles beer but with less than 1/2 percent alcohol
      • ginger beer = carbonated slightly alcoholic drink flavored with fermented ginger
      • mixer = club soda or fruit juice used to mix with alcohol
      • cooler = an iced drink especially white wine and fruit juice
      • refresher = a drink that refreshes
      • smoothie = a thick smooth drink consisting of fresh fruit pureed with ice cream or yoghurt or milk
      • fizz = an effervescent beverage
      • cider / cyder = a beverage made from juice pressed from apples
      • drinking chocolate / hot chocolate / chocolate / cocoa = a beverage made from cocoa powder and milk and sugar
      • fruit crush / fruit juice = drink produced by squeezing or crushing fruit
      • fruit drink / ade = a sweetened beverage of diluted fruit juice
      • mate = South American tea-like drink made from leaves of a South American holly called mate
      • soft drink = nonalcoholic beverage
      • coffee / java = a beverage consisting of an infusion of ground coffee beans
      • tea = a beverage made by steeping tea leaves in water
      • tea-like drink = a beverage that resembles tea but is not made from tea leaves
      • drinking water = water suitable for drinking
  4. any large deep body of water
    • example: he jumped into the drink and had to be rescued
    • usage: colloquialism
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • more generic terms: body of water / water = the part of the earth's surface covered with water
  5. the act of swallowing

Alternative definition of the noun drink


  1. A served beverage.
  2. A served alcoholic beverage.
  3. The action of drinking, especially with the verbs take or have.
  4. A type of beverage (usually mixed)
  5. Alcohol beverages in general.
  6. [colloquial, with the] Any body of water.

Definition of the verb drink

What does drink mean as a doing word?

Drink is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. take in liquids
    • examples: The patient must drink several liters each day | The children like to drink soda | They drink | The animals drink
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb]Cynthia ate | Cynthia drank | Cynthia nibbled | Cynthia sipped
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Oblique, reflexive] [Adjective]Cynthia ate herself sick | Cythia drank herself sick
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient]Cynthia sipped the drink
      [Agent - being] [Verb] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]He ate off of the table | He drank out of the goblet
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonym of drink: imbibe
    • more generic terms: consume / have / ingest / take / take in = serve oneself to, or consume regularly
    • more specific terms:
  2. consume alcohol
  3. propose a toast to
  4. be fascinated or spell-bound by; pay close attention to
  5. drink excessive amounts of alcohol; be an alcoholic
    • example: The husband drinks and beats his wife
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonym of drink: tope
    • more generic words: consume / squander / ware / waste = spend extravagantly

Alternative definition of the verb drink


  1. [transitive] To consume (a liquid) through the mouth.
  2. [intransitive] To consume liquid through the mouth.
  3. [intransitive] To consume alcoholic beverages.


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  1. "Drink" a.k.a. "Drink!" is a musical album of Juicy Fruits.
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Phrases with Drink

Phrases starting with the word Drink:

  1. drink in
  2. Drink to
  3. drink up
  4. drink off
  5. Drink run
  6. drink down
  7. Drink Alert
  8. Drink-Driver

Phrases ending with the word Drink:

  1. Call Drink
  2. hard drink
  3. Long drink
  4. soft drink
  5. Well drink
  6. Fizzy Drink
  7. fruit drink
  8. mixed drink
  9. Energy drink

Other phrases containing the word Drink:

  1. to drink in
  2. To Drink to
  3. to drink up

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Drink

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Google previewThe International Good Templar (1893)

The fiction' about drink is that it is a food. The fact about drink is that a gallon of ale contains less nourishment than a penny loaf ; that a glass of wine contains less food than could be put on a threepenny ...

Google previewCode of Federal Regulations (1973)


Orange flavored drink is the beverage that conforms to all of the requirements for composition and labeling prescribed by § 27.158 for orange juice drink except that: (a) It contains less than 10 percent but more than 0 percent equivalent single ...

Google previewThe Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America (1977)

Powdered orange drink; identity; label statement of optional ingredients. Powdered orange drink is the dehydrated beverage base which, when reconstituted ...

Google previewDeleuze and the Social (2006)

by Martin Fuglsang

than the ultimate drink. The penultimate drink is a limit of...

The penultimate drink will enable him to keep on drinking, living, moving, loving, while the ultimate drink is the end (Deleuze and Guattari 1987: 438). A book such as this should be ...

Google previewSumma Theologica Part II ("Secunda Secundae") (Extended Annotated Edition) (2012)

by St. Thomas Aquinas

Now intoxicating drink is a special kind of hindrance to the use of reason, inasmuch as it disturbs the brain by its fumes. Wherefore in order to remove this hindrance to reason a special virtue, which is sobriety, is requisite. Reply Obj. 1: Meat ...

Google previewA Child Sees God (2009)

Children Talk About Bible Stories by Howard Worsley

It is possible that the child's response to God's favour being seen in bread and drink is a reflection on how the child...

Google previewHow's Your Drink? (2009)

Cocktails, Culture, and the Art of Drinking Well by Eric Felten

How’s Your Drink is an essential addition to the literature of spirits and a fantastic holiday gift for husbands and fathers.

Google previewThe Church School Journal (1915)

Drink is the worst of our enemies! It does us more harm than all the submarines of Germany put together.”—Ferdinand G. Iglehart, D.D. 5. Contributed by W. J. Hart. “Wine and new wine take away the understanding” (Golden Text). Extract from ...

Google previewTea, Nature's Wonder Drink (2013)

The Natural Way To Drink Yourself Healthier & Slimmer by Aimee Rogers

Tea, Nature's Wonder Drink is a book about Tea and it's benefits to your health. The book features 8 different Teas and each Tea is covered in detail.

Google previewPresbyterian Banner (1908)

Strong drink is a mother of poverty because it eats up the earnings that should go for the necessities and comforts of life, and because it lowers...

Google previewThe Wordsworth Dictionary of Drink (2005)

An A-Z of Alcoholic Beverages by Ned Halley

snakebite drink mixed from cider and ale or lager traditional in West of England. Snake Dog Ale India ...

Google previewThe Little Giant Encyclopedia of Proverbs (2001)

by David Macfarlane

Drink. Wha' a sober heart conceal a drunken tongue reveal. — Bajan Godamighty mek man straight, a rum mek him can't 'tan' up. — Jamaican Without wine, even beautiful cherry blossoms have small attraction. Saké nakute nan noonore ga ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

DRINK. n. dringk [Goth driglcan; Ice]. drecka; Dan. drilcke, to drink: Ice]. dreckia, to sink under water]: any li uid taken into the mouth and stomach for quenching thirst; a beverage; a draught; a potion: V. to swallow a liquid, as water; to suck in; ...

Google previewFood Cultures of the World Encyclopedia (2011)

by Ken Albala

Corn & Oil is a traditional drink made with Falernum, rum, Angostura bitters, and a twist of lime.

Plus is a sweet drink concocted by the Banks Beer Brewery that many locals drink for energy or for “putting it back” after a hard night or day.

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Usage statistics about drink

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun drink:

conversational speech83.59%task-oriented speech16.41%

Usage statistics for the verb drink:

conversational speech84.95%task-oriented speech15.05%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun drink:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb drink:


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Scrabble value of D2R1I1N1K5

The value of this 5-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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