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Beverage vs. Drink: Know the Difference

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A beverage is any liquid for drinking, often excluding water, focusing on flavored or alcoholic drinks; a drink broadly includes any liquid consumed, including water.
Beverage vs. Drink

Key Differences

The term 'beverage' often implies a drink that is prepared and flavored, such as tea, coffee, or juice. It commonly excludes plain water. Conversely, 'drink' is a more general term that encompasses all liquids suitable for consumption, including water, milk, and even beverages.
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Beverages usually denote commercially produced drinks, like sodas or spirits. They are often associated with a specific preparation process or ingredients. In contrast, a drink can be any fluid consumed for hydration or pleasure, including a simple glass of water or a cup of tea.
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In certain contexts, 'beverage' is used to refer to alcoholic drinks specifically, distinguishing them from non-alcoholic options. 'Drink', however, is a versatile term used in both casual and formal contexts to refer to any liquid, whether it's a cocktail or a sports drink.
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Cultural and regional variations also play a role in these definitions. In some regions, 'beverage' might be used more formally, while 'drink' is often the colloquial choice for referring to any liquid one consumes.
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Marketing and branding often use 'beverage' to imply a certain quality or specialty aspect, such as in 'beverage menu' at restaurants. 'Drink', being a broader term, is used in various contexts, from health (drink plenty of water) to social (let’s go out for a drink).
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Comparison Chart

Definition

Specially prepared or flavored liquid for consumption.
Any liquid consumed for hydration or pleasure.
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Inclusion of Water

Often excludes plain water.
Includes water.
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Context

Tends to be more formal, commercial.
More general and versatile.
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Alcoholic Reference

Sometimes specifically refers to alcoholic drinks.
Encompasses both alcoholic and non-alcoholic liquids.
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Cultural Usage

May imply a specialty or quality aspect.
Commonly used in casual and everyday contexts.
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Beverage and Drink Definitions

Beverage

A commercially produced drink, often flavored or alcoholic.
The new beverage line includes exotic fruit juices.
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Drink

Any liquid that can be consumed.
For hydration, it's important to drink water regularly.
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Beverage

A liquid specifically prepared for human consumption.
I prefer a hot beverage like coffee in the mornings.
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Drink

A term encompassing both alcoholic and non-alcoholic liquids.
At the bar, you can choose your drink from a wide selection.
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Beverage

A drink served during meals or social gatherings.
Wine is a popular beverage at formal dinners.
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Drink

A liquid used for medicinal or health purposes.
The doctor recommended a warm drink before bed to help with sleep.
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Beverage

Any drinkable fluid that is not water.
At the party, a variety of beverages were served, from soda to lemonade.
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Drink

To take into the mouth and swallow (a liquid).
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Beverage

A non-solid form of nourishment or refreshment.
Many athletes consume a sports beverage during workouts.
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Drink

To swallow the liquid contents of (a vessel)
Drank a cup of tea.
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Beverage

Any of various liquids for drinking
The menu lists several beverages, including water, soda, tea, and coffee.
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Drink

To take in or soak up; absorb
Drank the fresh air.
Spongy earth that drank up the rain.
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Beverage

A single serving of such a liquid
I ordered a beverage to go with my meal.
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Drink

To take in eagerly through the senses or intellect
Drank in the beauty of the day.
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Beverage

A liquid to consume; a drink, such as tea, coffee, liquor, beer, milk, juice, or soft drinks, usually excluding water.
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Drink

To give or make (a toast).
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Beverage

(A gift of) drink money.
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Drink

To toast (a person or an occasion, for example)
We'll drink your health.
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Beverage

Liquid for drinking; drink; - usually applied to drink artificially prepared and of an agreeable flavor; as, an intoxicating beverage.
He knew no beverage but the flowing stream.
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Drink

To bring to a specific state by drinking alcoholic beverages
Drank our sorrows away.
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Beverage

Specifically, a name applied to various kinds of drink.
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Drink

To swallow liquid
Drank noisily.
Drink from a goblet.
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Beverage

A treat, or drink money.
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Drink

To drink alcoholic beverages
They only drink socially.
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Beverage

Any liquid suitable for drinking;
May I take your beverage order?
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Drink

To salute a person or an occasion with a toast
We will drink to your continued success.
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Drink

A liquid that is fit for drinking; a beverage.
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Drink

An alcoholic beverage, such as a cocktail or beer.
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Drink

Chiefly Southern US See soft drink. tonic
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Drink

An amount of liquid swallowed
Took a long drink from the fountain.
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Drink

Liquid for drinking
The host provided food and drink.
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Drink

Excessive or habitual indulgence in alcoholic liquor.
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Drink

(Slang) A body of water; the sea
The hatch cover slid off the boat and into the drink.
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Drink

(ambitransitive) To consume (a liquid) through the mouth.
He drank the water I gave him.
You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.
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Drink

To consume the liquid contained within (a bottle, glass, etc.).
Jack drank the whole bottle by himself.
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Drink

(intransitive) To consume alcoholic beverages.
You've been drinking, haven't you?
No thanks, I don't drink.
Everyone who is drinking is drinking, but not everyone who is drinking is drinking.
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Drink

(transitive) To take in (a liquid), in any manner; to suck up; to absorb; to imbibe.
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Drink

(transitive) To take in; to receive within one, through the senses; to inhale; to hear; to see.
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Drink

To smoke, as tobacco.
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Drink

A beverage.
I’d like another drink please.
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Drink

(uncountable) Drinks in general; something to drink
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Drink

A type of beverage (usually mixed).
My favourite drink is the White Russian.
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Drink

A (served) alcoholic beverage.
Can I buy you a drink?
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Drink

The action of drinking, especially with the verbs take or have.
He was about to take a drink from his root beer.
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Drink

Alcoholic beverages in general.
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Drink

Any body of water.
If he doesn't pay off the mafia, he’ll wear cement shoes to the bottom of the drink!
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Drink

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.
Gird thyself, and serve me, till have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink.
He shall drink of the wrath the Almighty.
Drink of the cup that can not cloy.
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Drink

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.
And they drank, and were merry with him.
Bolingbroke always spoke freely when he had drunk freely.
I drink to the general joy of the whole table,And to our dear friend Banquo.
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Drink

To swallow (a liquid); to receive, as a fluid, into the stomach; to imbibe; as, to drink milk or water.
There lies she with the blessed gods in bliss,There drinks the nectar with ambrosia mixed.
The bowl of punch which was brewed and drunk in Mrs. Betty's room.
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Drink

To take in (a liquid), in any manner; to suck up; to absorb; to imbibe.
And let the purple violets drink the stream.
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Drink

To take in; to receive within one, through the senses; to inhale; to hear; to see.
To drink the cooler air,
My ears have not yet drunk a hundred wordsOf that tongue's utterance.
Let me . . . drink delicious poison from thy eye.
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Drink

To smoke, as tobacco.
And some men now live ninety years and past,Who never drank to tobacco first nor last.
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Drink

Liquid to be swallowed; any fluid to be taken into the stomach for quenching thirst or for other purposes, as water, coffee, or decoctions.
Give me some drink, Titinius.
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Drink

Specifically, intoxicating liquor; as, when drink is on, wit is out.
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Drink

A single serving of a beverage;
I asked for a hot drink
Likes a drink before dinner
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Drink

The act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess;
Drink was his downfall
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Drink

Any liquid suitable for drinking;
May I take your beverage order?
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Drink

Any large deep body of water;
He jumped into the drink and had to be rescued
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Drink

The act of swallowing;
One swallow of the liquid was enough
He took a drink of his beer and smacked his lips
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Drink

Take in liquids;
The patient must drink several liters each day
The children like to drink soda
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Drink

Consume alcohol;
We were up drinking all night
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Drink

Propose a toast to;
Let us toast the birthday girl!
Let's drink to the New Year
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Drink

Be fascinated or spell-bound by; pay close attention to;
The mother drinks in every word of her son on the stage
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Drink

Drink excessive amounts of alcohol; be an alcoholic;
The husband drinks and beats his wife
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Drink

A liquid ingested for nourishment, hydration, or pleasure.
She ordered a cold drink to cool off on the hot day.
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Drink

A specific serving of a liquid.
He had one drink of soda before switching to water.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Is coffee a beverage or a drink?

Coffee is both a beverage and a drink; it’s a beverage due to its preparation and flavor.
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Are all beverages drinks?

Yes, all beverages are types of drinks, but not all drinks are considered beverages.
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Can 'drink' refer to alcohol?

Yes, 'drink' can refer to alcoholic liquids as well as non-alcoholic ones.
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Are smoothies considered beverages?

Yes, smoothies are considered beverages as they are specially prepared drinks.
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Is tea a drink or a beverage?

Tea is both a drink and a beverage, the latter due to its preparation process.
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Is milk a drink or a beverage?

Milk is commonly referred to as a drink, but can also be a beverage, especially when flavored or in lattes.
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Is water considered a beverage?

Typically, water is not classified as a beverage; it’s more broadly categorized as a drink.
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Can 'drink' be used as a verb and a noun?

Yes, 'drink' can be both a verb (to drink something) and a noun (a drink).
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Are energy drinks beverages?

Yes, energy drinks are classified as beverages due to their specific ingredients and purpose.
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Can 'beverage' refer to a hot drink?

Yes, hot drinks like tea or coffee are also considered beverages.
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Does 'drink' encompass both hot and cold liquids?

Yes, 'drink' includes all liquids, hot or cold.
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Can the term 'drink' imply food and liquid?

No, 'drink' specifically refers to liquids only.
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Is a beverage more formal than a drink?

Often, 'beverage' is used in more formal or commercial contexts compared to 'drink'.
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Do beverages always contain calories?

Not necessarily; some beverages, like diet sodas, may contain few or no calories.
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Is juice a drink or a beverage?

Juice is both a drink and a beverage, especially when commercially produced.
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Do restaurants differentiate between drinks and beverages on menus?

Some might, using 'beverages' for specialty or alcoholic drinks and 'drinks' for a broader range.
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Is the term 'beverage' used more in marketing?

Yes, 'beverage' is often used in marketing to denote specialty or quality drinks.
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Are drinks served at a bar always beverages?

Generally, yes, since they are prepared and often contain alcohol or flavorings.
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Can 'drink' be used in a formal dining context?

Yes, though 'beverage' might be more common in very formal settings.
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Are soft drinks beverages?

Yes, soft drinks are categorized as beverages.
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