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I declined the snort, not out of any real reticence but because in those days I imbibed only cheap American beer.
William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  to take in — especially alcohol
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Imbibe is also used metaphorically to reference taking information into the mind.
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  • I declined the snort, not out of any real reticence but because in those days I imbibed only cheap American beer.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Moreover, slaves are like other people, and imbibe prejudices quite common to others.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • "The highest wisdom and truth are like the purest liquid we may wish to imbibe," he said.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The men jacked the lid off the barrel, imbibing began, the pile of wood was set on fire, anAlabaman transformed a huge can into a drum, and inebriated men began dancing.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken

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  • In what desert land have you lived, where no one was kind enough to inform you that these fancies which you have so greedily imbibed are a thousand years old and as musty as they are ancient?
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I do not willingly enter into arithmetical explanations with an artist like you, who fears to enter my study lest she should imbibe disagreeable or anti-poetic impressions and sensations.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • She grew to have a dread of children; for they had imbibed from their parents a vague idea of something horrible in this dreary woman gliding silently through the town, with never any companion but one only child.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • At the bar, Eragon discovered that Brom’s method of recovery involved imbibing copious amounts of hot tea and ice water and washing it all down with brandy.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • In the corner to the left are the three musicians, upon a little platform, toiling heroically to make some impression upon the hubbub; also the babies, similarly occupied, and an open window whence the populace imbibes the sights and sounds and odors.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Goblin’s silver repels mundane dirt, imbibing only that which strengthens it.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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  • I had imbibed from her something of her nature and much of her habits: more harmonious thoughts: what seemed better regulated feelings had become the inmates of my mind.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • It seemed, in truth, to be a spot devoted to seclusion, and the sisters imbibed a soothing impression of security, as they gazed upon its romantic though not unappalling beauties.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • There is another astonishing thing about Hobbits of old that must be mentioned, an astonishing habit: they imbibed or inhaled, through pipes of clay or wood, the smoke of the burning leaves of a herb, which they called _pipe-weed_ or _leaf,_ a variety probably of _Nicotiana.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • They unconsciously had imbibed the feeling that manual labour was not the proper thing for them.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Haley, who had been imbibing very freely of the staple of the evening, began to feel a sensible elevation and enlargement of his moral faculties,—a phenomenon not unusual with gentlemen of a serious and reflective turn, under similar circumstances.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Solitude This is a delicious evening, when the whole body is one sense, and imbibes delight through every pore.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Along side them another car was imbibing fuel; it contained the two matronly victims-to-be, who, after a day of shopping and pleasure in Jacksonville, were returning to their homes in a small town near the Florida-Georgia border.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • They soon imbibe the sentiments and disposition of their neighbors, and generally go beyond their teachers.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • It is remarkable that the visionary propensity I have mentioned is not confined to the native inhabitants of the valley, but is unconsciously imbibed by every one who resides there for a time.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Cedric Jennings shows up for several parties and doesn’t imbibe.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • ’After the death of his wife, all the Colonel’s love and care was centred upon his only child; under his eye she was instructed in all the accomplishments suited to her sex; and from him she imbibed an ardent love of field sports.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Half an hour earlier, while he was bringing Raskolnikov home, he had indeed talked too freely, but he was aware of it himself, and his head was clear in spite of the vast quantities he had imbibed.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • If you ask him to have a drink first thing he does he outs with the watch to see what he ought to imbibe.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • At first, it lay lightly on the surface of the fluid, appearing to imbibe none of its moisture.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment
  • The spice, chiefly noted for its geriatric qualities, is mildly addictive when taken in small quantities, severely addictive when imbibed in quantities above two grams daily per seventy kilos of body weight.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • It was not long before the imbibing began to tell.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • "Why not?" he’d challenge, or ironically or seductively or exasperatedly, depending on how much he’d imbibed, smoked, dropped.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • Having therefore imbibed, as it were, of the nectar, I am not afraid of You, of Death, not even of Life, and it’s all right about Velma; and it’s all right about Papa; and it’s all right about the Greater and the Lesser Antilles.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Was she supposed to imbibe it from my quiet subservience? I don’t think so.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • I am sure you have, somehow or other, imbibed such a notion.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • Pain-drunk as she was, she later realized she should have been as vigilant in her discussion with Orrin as if she had imbibed three tankards of the dwarves’ blackberry-honey mead.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • So that there are instances among them of men, who, named with Scripture names—a singularly common fashion on the island—and in childhood naturally imbibing the stately dramatic thee and thou of the Quaker idiom; still, from the audacious, daring, and boundless adventure of their subsequent lives, strangely blend with these unoutgrown peculiarities, a thousand bold dashes of character, not unworthy a Scandinavian sea-king, or a poetical Pagan Roman.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Becoming habituated to her companionship, Clifford readily showed how capable of imbibing pleasant tints and gleams of cheerful light from all quarters his nature must originally have been.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Much that the white boy imbibes from his earliest social atmosphere forms the puzzling problems of the black boy’s mature years.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • A field-man is a personality afield; a field-woman is a portion of the field; she had somehow lost her own margin, imbibed the essence of her surrounding, and assimilated herself with it.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Margaret, the other sister, was a good-humored, well-disposed girl; but as she had already imbibed a good deal of Marianne’s romance, without having much of her sense, she did not, at thirteen, bid fair to equal her sisters at a more advanced period of life.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • The great novelist vibrated between two decanters with the regularity of a pendulum; the famous divine flirted openly with one of the Madame de Staels of the age, who looked daggers at another Corinne, who was amiably satirizing her, after outmaneuvering her in efforts to absorb the profound philosopher, who imbibed tea Johnsonianly and appeared to slumber, the loquacity of the lady rendering speech impossible.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • His relief at finding men who knew where Texas was caused him to imbibe freely.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • For the pardalote was a bird with an abnormal thirst; he drank eighty to a hundred times a day, and not by the normal process of imbibing through the beak, but by settling himself on top of the water, spreading his wings and absorbing liquid through the delicate membrane of his skin.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • The disgusting part of it was that many of these cousins were rich, so that Lily imbibed the idea that if people lived like pigs it was from choice, and through the lack of any proper standard of conduct.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • It seemed a stupid way to commence his upper-class years, to spend four hours a morning in the stuffy room of a tutoring school, imbibing the infinite boredom of conic sections.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • I had a Christian mother, and a father who was a man of sound sense and a Christian too; I imbibed the Catholic faith with my mother’s milk, I was well brought up, and neither in word nor in deed did I, I think, show any sign of being a Morisco.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • You must give him your own answer: we cannot expect him to be satisfied with less; and you only can explain to him the grounds of that misconception of your sentiments, which, unfortunately for himself, he certainly has imbibed.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • …innocent words as they described to us the limitations of our lives and the vast boldness of our aspirations, the staggering folly of our impatience to rise even higher; who, as they talked, aroused furtive visions within me of blood-froth sparkling their chins like their familiar tobacco juice, and upon their lips the curdled milk of a million black slave mammies’ withered dugs, a treacherous and fluid knowledge of our being, imbibed at our source and now regurgitated foul upon us.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Egdon was her Hades, and since coming there she had imbibed much of what was dark in its tone, though inwardly and eternally unreconciled thereto.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Pollard had always been, like virtually everyone else at the track, a social drinker, imbibing just enough to be happy and noisy on weekend outings with other jockeys but not enough to become dependent.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Here, in the quiet of Boldwood’s parlour, where everything that was not grave was extraneous, and where the atmosphere was that of a Puritan Sunday lasting all the week, the letter and its dictum changed their tenor from the thoughtlessness of their origin to a deep solemnity, imbibed from their accessories now.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • As it was, I had a feeling that my AIDS medications, which came on a punch card, might be some government experiment done on expendable inmates… I wasn’t about to imbibe from a water treatment system run by the same administration.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • At Alton he stepped out of the carriage at his servant’s request and imbibed some of the ale for which the place is famous.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • But my grandmother, in all weathers, even when the rain was coming down in torrents and Francoise had rushed indoors with the precious wicker armchairs, so that they should not get soaked—you would see my grandmother pacing the deserted garden, lashed by the storm, pushing back her grey hair in disorder so that her brows might be more free to imbibe the life-giving draughts of wind and rain.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
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