To drink to

To drink to
Drink Drink (dr[i^][ng]k), v. i. [imp. {Drank} (dr[a^][ng]k), formerly {Drunk} (dr[u^][ng]k); & p. p. {Drunk}, {Drunken} (-'n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Drinking}. Drunken is now rarely used, except as a verbal adj. in sense of habitually intoxicated; the form drank, not infrequently used as a p. p., is not so analogical.] [AS. drincan; akin to OS. drinkan, D. drinken, G. trinken, Icel. drekka, Sw. dricka, Dan. drikke, Goth. drigkan. Cf. {Drench}, {Drunken}, {Drown}.] 1. To swallow anything liquid, for quenching thirst or other purpose; to imbibe; to receive or partake of, as if in satisfaction of thirst; as, to drink from a spring. [1913 Webster]

Gird thyself, and serve me, till have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink. --Luke xvii. 8. [1913 Webster]

He shall drink of the wrath the Almighty. --Job xxi. 20. [1913 Webster]

Drink of the cup that can not cloy. --Keble. [1913 Webster]

2. To quaff exhilarating or intoxicating liquors, in merriment or feasting; to carouse; to revel; hence, to lake alcoholic liquors to excess; to be intemperate in the ?se of intoxicating or spirituous liquors; to tipple. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

And they drank, and were merry with him. --Gem. xliii. 34. [1913 Webster]

Bolingbroke always spoke freely when he had drunk freely. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

{To drink to}, to salute in drinking; to wish well to, in the act of taking the cup; to pledge in drinking. [1913 Webster]

I drink to the general joy of the whole table, And to our dear friend Banquo. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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