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Multiple Meanings
sober — as in:  Talk to me when your sober.

She was still sober enough to know the situation was dangerous.
not under the influence of alcohol
sobering — as in:  a sobering thought

These are sobering statistics that should leave all of us concerned.
serious; or making one serious or calm
sober up — as in:  I need to sober up.

Coffee doesn’t really help one to sober up; though it does help fight sleepiness.
to become less drunk

More rarely, sober can refer to one who is rational rather than under the influence of extreme emotion. Also more rarely, it can reference that which is practical rather than fanciful — such as "a more sober plan."
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