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Drink vs. Food: What's the Difference?

Edited by Sumera Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on October 6, 2023
Drink refers to liquids consumed for hydration or pleasure. Food refers to solid or semi-solid substances consumed for nutrition or pleasure.

Key Differences

Drink and Food are both essential components of human sustenance, but they serve different primary functions. A drink, in most contexts, refers to a liquid that can be consumed. This includes water, juices, milk, tea, coffee, and alcoholic beverages. On the other hand, food typically refers to solid or semi-solid substances that are consumed to provide nutritional support for the body. This encompasses fruits, vegetables, meats, grains, and much more.
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When discussing nutrition, drinks primarily provide hydration, though they can also be sources of other nutrients. For instance, milk offers calcium, and fruit juices can be rich in vitamins. Contrastingly, food offers a broader range of essential nutrients like proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Foods such as fruits, vegetables, and lean meats are foundational in maintaining a balanced diet.
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However, in cultural contexts, both drink and food play pivotal roles beyond mere sustenance. Drinks often have ceremonial or social functions, like toasting with champagne or sharing a cup of coffee. Food, likewise, is central to many cultural traditions, festivals, and family gatherings. From Thanksgiving dinners to birthday cakes, food is often at the heart of human celebrations.
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In terms of preparation, drinks usually have simpler processes, like brewing or mixing. Food preparation, on the other hand, can be intricate, involving various methods such as baking, frying, or steaming. Both drink and food, however, are central to the culinary arts, with chefs and mixologists constantly innovating in their respective domains.
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Comparison Chart

Primary Form

Liquid
Solid or Semi-solid
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Main Purpose

Hydration, can also provide nutrients
Provide essential nutrients
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Cultural Roles

Ceremonial, social (e.g., toasting)
Central to traditions, festivals, and gatherings
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Preparation

Simpler processes (e.g., brewing)
Can be intricate (e.g., baking, frying)
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Variety

Water, juices, milk, tea, coffee, alcoholic beverages, etc.
Fruits, vegetables, meats, grains, dairy products, etc.
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Drink and Food Definitions

Drink

An alcoholic liquid for consumption.
They went out for a drink on Friday night.
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Food

Anything ingested to sustain life, provide energy, or stimulate growth.
Plants get their food from sunlight and soil.
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Drink

A specific amount of liquid in a container.
There's one drink left in the bottle.
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Food

Solid or semi-solid edible items.
She packed some food for her trip.
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Drink

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

Material that nourishes and sustains.
Food for thought is just as essential as physical nourishment.
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Drink

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

A particular type of nourishment.
Italian food is his favorite cuisine.
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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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Food

A substance consumed to provide nutritional support.
The food on the table looked delicious.
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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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Food

Material, especially carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, that an organism uses for energy, growth, and maintaining the processes of life. Plants, algae, and some bacteria make their own food through photosynthesis, while animals and most other organisms obtain food by consuming other organisms or organic matter.
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Drink

To give or make (a toast).
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Food

A specified kind of nourishment
Breakfast food.
Plant food.
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Drink

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

Nourishment eaten in solid form
Food and drink.
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Drink

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

Something that nourishes or sustains in a way suggestive of physical nourishment
Food for thought.
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Drink

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

(uncountable) Any solid substance that can be consumed by living organisms, especially by eating, in order to sustain life.
The innkeeper brought them food and drink.
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Drink

To drink alcoholic beverages
They only drink socially.
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Food

(countable) A foodstuff.
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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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Food

Anything that nourishes or sustains.
The man's inspiring speech gave us food for thought.
Mozart and Bach are food for my soul.
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Drink

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

What is fed upon; that which goes to support life by being received within, and assimilated by, the organism of an animal or a plant; nutriment; aliment; especially, what is eaten by animals for nourishment.
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Drink

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

Anything that instructs the intellect, excites the feelings, or molds habits of character; that which nourishes.
This may prove food to my displeasure.
In this moment there is life and foodFor future years.
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Drink

Chiefly Southern US See soft drink. tonic
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Food

To supply with food.
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Drink

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

Any substance that can be metabolized by an organism to give energy and build tissue
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Drink

Liquid for drinking
The host provided food and drink.
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Food

Any solid substance (as opposed to liquid) that is used as a source of nourishment;
Food and drink
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Drink

Excessive or habitual indulgence in alcoholic liquor.
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Food

Anything that provides mental stimulus for thinking
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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 to consume for hydration.
She had a drink of water after her run.
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Drink

A beverage made by mixing ingredients.
He ordered a drink with rum and pineapple juice.
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Drink

A liquid solution containing nutrients.
The athlete consumed a protein drink post-workout.
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FAQs

Can food provide hydration?

Yes, certain foods like watermelon or cucumber are high in water content.
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Are smoothies drinks or food?

They are often categorized as drinks, but their thickness and nutritional content make them similar to food.
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Is soup a drink or food?

Soup is generally considered food, though its liquid content blurs the lines.
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What's the primary purpose of food?

To provide essential nutrients for body function and energy.
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Can a drink be considered food?

While drinks provide hydration and can contain nutrients, they're typically not classified as food.
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How is drink different from beverage?

All beverages are drinks, but not all drinks (like medicinal syrups) are considered beverages.
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Why are alcoholic beverages called "drinks"?

They are liquid and consumed, fitting the basic definition of a drink.
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What are staple foods?

They are fundamental dietary items, like rice or wheat, consumed regularly.
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Can you survive longer without food or drink?

Generally, one can survive longer without food than without water or drink.
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Can drinks be harmful?

Yes, excessive alcohol or sugary drinks can have adverse health effects.
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Why do some cultures toast with drinks?

Toasting is a social or ceremonial gesture of goodwill or celebration.
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Is coffee considered a food or drink?

Coffee is considered a drink.
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Why is it important to balance drink and food intake?

To ensure proper hydration, nutrition, and overall health.
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Are there foods that can replace drinks for hydration?

Some high-water-content foods can aid in hydration but can't fully replace drinks.
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How have cultural practices shaped drink and food habits?

Cultural traditions, rituals, and availability have significantly influenced what and how people eat and drink.
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Can a food item also be a drink?

Some items, like smoothies, blur the line between food and drink.
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Why is water often not categorized with other drinks like tea or soda?

Water is a fundamental necessity, while others are often for pleasure or taste.
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Are drinks included in a balanced diet?

Yes, drinks, especially water, are crucial for a balanced diet.
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Which is more crucial for survival, food or drink?

Both are essential, but humans generally need hydration from drinks more urgently than food.
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Are all foods solid?

No, some foods can be semi-solid or gelatinous, like jelly.
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