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Từ điển Oxford Advanced Learner 8th
sober



sober [sober sobers sobered sobering soberer soberest] adjective, verb BrE [ˈsəʊbə(r)] NAmE [ˈsoʊbər]
adjective
1. not usually before noun not drunk (= not affected by alcohol)
I promised him that I'd stay sober tonight.
He was as sober as a judge (= completely ↑sober ).
2. (of people and their behaviour)serious and sensible
a sober assessment of the situation
He is honest, sober and hard-working.
On sober reflection (= after some serious thought), I don't think I really need a car after all.
3. (of colours or clothes)plain and not bright
a sober grey suit
see stone-cold sober at stone cold

Word Origin:
Middle English: from Old French sobre, from Latin sobrius.

Example Bank:
By this time he felt more or less sober again.
I've been clean and sober for four years.
Only the thought of her kept him sober.
She wanted a drink, but she had to stay sober.
He was honest, sober and hardworking.
I promised him that I'd stay sober tonight.
On sober reflection I have decided to drop the case.
We need to make a calm, sober assessment of the situation.
Derived Word:soberly
Derived:sober somebody up sober up
 
verb transitive, intransitive ~ (sb)
to make sb behave or think in a more serious and sensible way; to become more serious and sensible
The bad news sobered us for a while.
He suddenly sobered.
Verb forms:

Word Origin:
Middle English: from Old French sobre, from Latin sobrius.
 

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