Beber in Spanish: Conjugations, Meanings & Uses


In this short guide, we will cover the following topics for ‘Beber’ in Spanish:

  1. What does ‘Beber’ mean?
  2. ‘Beber’ Conjugations
  3. How to Use ‘Beber’ in Spanish
  4. Expressions & Idioms with ‘Beber’
  5. Synonyms of ‘Beber’ in Spanish

What does ‘Beber’ mean?

Definition – ‘Beber’ means to drink, to take or to swallow a fluid. As a result, beber is used when describing that someone is drinking something.  

‘Beber’ Conjugations 

Given that it’s a regular verb, to conjugate ‘beber’ in most tenses, you’ll only eliminate the ‘-ER’ from the infinitive verb. However, notice that for future and conditional you don’t need to do this since you’ll work with the infinitive form ‘beber’. 

You can check how to conjugate ‘beber’ in the tables below. I’ve underlined the endings so you can see what you need to add for each tense. 

Indicative

Present tense conjugation

PersonConjugationTranslation
YobeboI drink
bebesYou drink
Él / Ella / UstedbebeHe/She drink
NosotrosbebemosWe drink
VosotrosbebéisYou drink
Ustedes / Ellos / EllasbebenThey/You drink

Preterite tense conjugation

PersonConjugationTranslation
YobebíI drank
bebisteYou drank
Él / Ella / UstedbebHe/She drank
NosotrosbebimosWe drank
VosotrosbebisteisYou drank
Ustedes / Ellos / EllasbebieronThey/You drank

Imperfect tense conjugation

PersonConjugationTranslation
YobebíaI drank
bebíasYou drank
Él / Ella / UstedbebíaHe/She drank
NosotrosbebíamosWe drank
VosotrosbebíaisYou drank
Ustedes / Ellos / EllasbebíanThey/You drank

Future tense conjugation

PersonConjugationTranslation
YobeberéI will drink
beberásYou drank
Él / Ella / UstedbeberáHe/She drank
NosotrosbeberemosWe drank
VosotrosbeberéisYou drank
Ustedes / Ellos / EllasbeberánThey/You drank

Conditional tense conjugation

PersonConjugationTranslation
YobeberíaI would drink
beberíasYou would drink
Él / Ella / UstedbeberíaHe/She would drink
NosotrosbeberíamosWe would drink
VosotrosbeberíaisYou would drink
Ustedes / Ellos / EllasbeberíanThey/You would drink

Progressive Tenses

Cindy está bebiendo whisky. 
Cindy is drinking whisky. 

Mañana estaremos bebiendo con nuestros amigos. 
Tomorrow we’ll be drinking with our friends. 

Perfect Tenses

No habíamos bebido agua en toda la mañana. 
We haven’t drunk any water all morning. 

Creo que tu prima se ha bebido tu copa de vino. 
I think your cousin has drunk your glass of wine.  

Beber Subjunctive Conjugations

Present subjunctive conjugation

PersonConjugationTranslation
YobebaTo drink
bebasTo drink
Él / Ella / UstedbebaTo drink
NosotrosbebamosTo drink
VosotrosbebaisTo drink
Ustedes / Ellos / EllasbebanTo drink

Imperfect subjunctive conjugations

PersonConjugationTranslation
Yobebiera / bebieseI drank
bebieras / bebiesesYou drank
Él / Ella / Ustedbebiera / bebieseHe/She drank
Nosotrosbebiéramos / bebiésemosWe drank
Vosotrosbebierais  / bebieseisYou drank
Ustedes / Ellos / Ellasbebieran / bebiesenThey/You drank

Perfect subjunctive

Ojalá hubiéramos bebido menos agua. 
I wish we had drunk less water. 

Si no hubieran bebido tanto, no se sentirían tan mal. 
If you hadn’t drunk that much, you wouldn’t feel so bad. 

Imperative

Imperative conjugation

PersonConjugationTranslation
bebeDrink
NosotrosbebamosLet’s drink
VosotrosbebedDrink
UstedesbebanDrink

[‘Beber’ conjugated in imperative] + [complement]

¡Bebe agua! Estás deshidratado.
Drink water! You’re dehydrated. 

No + [‘beber’ present subjunctive] + complement

No bebas esa agua, está sucia.
Do not drink that water, it’s dirty.

¡Ya no beban, se les va a subir!
Do not drink anymore, you’re going to get drunk!

How to Use ‘Beber’ in Spanish with Examples

In Spanish, beber means ‘to drink’. In the section below, I’ll give you a better idea of how you can use this verb in your conversations. 

To say ‘to drink’

As the direct translation of ‘to drink’, in Spanish, beber is used to describe or express that a person is consuming a fluid or drink. Keep in mind that, even though ‘beber’ is a standard Spanish term, in some countries ‘tomar’ is a more casual verb to use in this context.

[‘Beber’ conjugated] +  [noun]

No he bebido agua desde hace tres horas.
I haven’t drunk water for three hours.

Diego bebió leche en el desayuno.
Diego drank milk for breakfast.

Beberemos limonada, no habrá bebidas alcohólicas.
We will drink lemonade, there will be no alcoholic beverages.

Take Note: In some situations, beber is used exclusively to express that a person drinks alcohol. Given that in this case it also means ‘to drink’, you need to pay attention to the context.  

[‘Beber’ conjugated] + (adv) + [complement]

Mis amigos y yo beberemos este sábado. 
My friends and I will drink this Saturday. 

Nosotros no bebemos, no nos gusta el alcohol. 
We don’t drink, we don’t like alcohol. 

Armando y Manuel bebían mucho cuando eran jóvenes. 
Armando and Manuel drank a lot when they were young.

Beber Expressions & Idioms

Here are some common idiomatic expressions with beber that you can incorporate into your conversations. 

Beber como un cosaco: This expression means that someone drinks in excess, especially during the holidays. It can be translated as ‘to drink like a cossack’ or ‘to drink like a fish’.

Agua que no has de beber, déjala correr: This expression refers to not getting involved in other people’s affairs and letting things follow their natural course. It can be translated as ’Do not hoard what you can’t or won’t use’ or ‘keep your nose out of it’. 

Nunca digas de esta agua no he de beber, porque es con la que te ahogas: This expression refers to not promising or saying that we’ll never do something because we might end up doing it. It can be translated as ‘never say never’.

Synonyms of ‘Beber’ in Spanish

Tomar: When talking about swallowing or drinking a fluid, we can use tomar instead of ‘beber’. This verb is translated as ‘to take’ or ‘to drink’. 

Sorber: This verb means to drink by sucking with your lips or using a straw. It is translated as ‘to sip’.

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