To take into the mouth and swallow (a liquid). To swallow the liquid contents of (a vessel): drank a cup of tea. To take in or soak up; absorb: drank the fresh air; spongy earth that drank up the rain. To take in eagerly through the senses or intellect: drank in the beauty of the day. To give or make (a toast). To toast (a person or an occasion, for example): We'll drink your health. To bring to a specific state by drinking alcoholic liquors: drank our sorrows away. To swallow liquid: drank noisily; drink from a goblet. To imbibe alcoholic liquors: They only drink socially. To salute a person or an occasion with a toast: We will drink to your continued success. A liquid that is fit for drinking; a beverage. An amount of liquid swallowed: took a long drink from the fountain. An alcoholic beverage, such as a cocktail or highball. Excessive or habitual indulgence in alcoholic liquor. Chiefly Southern U.S. See soft drink. See Regional Note at tonic. Slang A body of water; the sea: The hatch cover slid off the boat and into the drink.