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1    abstemious, abstinent, moderate, on the wagon     (informal)   temperate  
2    calm, clear-headed, cold, composed, cool, dispassionate, grave, level-headed, lucid, peaceful, practical, rational, realistic, reasonable, sedate, serene, serious, solemn, sound, staid, steady, unexcited, unruffled  
3    dark, drab, plain, quiet, severe, sombre, subdued  
4      (usually with)       up   bring (someone) back to earth, calm down, clear one's head, come or bring to one's senses, give (someone) pause for thought, make (someone) stop and think  
,       adj  
1    bevvied     (dialect)   blitzed     (slang)   blotto     (slang)   bombed     (slang)   Brahms and Liszt     (slang)   drunk, flying     (slang)   fu'     (Scot.)   guttered     (slang)   had one too many, inebriated, intoxicated, merry     (Brit. informal)   paralytic     (informal)   pie-eyed     (slang)   pissed     (taboo slang)   plastered, rat-arsed     (taboo slang)   sloshed     (slang)   smashed     (slang)   steamboats     (Scot. slang)   steaming     (slang)   tiddly     (slang, chiefly Brit.)   tight     (informal)   tipsy, tired and emotional     (euphemistic)   wasted     (slang)   wrecked     (slang)   zonked     (slang)  
2    excessive, flamboyant, frivolous, giddy, happy, immoderate, imprudent, injudicious, irrational, lighthearted, lively, sensational, unrealistic  
3    bright, flashy, garish, gaudy, light  
      vb   become intoxicated, get drunk  
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  ( sobers    3rd person present)   ( sobering    present participle)   ( sobered    past tense & past participle  )
1       adj   When you are sober, you are not drunk.  
usu v-link ADJ  
When Dad was sober he was a good father.     
2       adj   A sober person is serious and thoughtful.  
We are now far more sober and realistic..., The euphoria is giving way to a more sober assessment of the situation.     
  soberly      adv   usu ADV with v  
`There's a new development,' he said soberly.     
3       adj   Sober colours and clothes are plain and rather dull.   (=sombre)  
He dresses in sober grey suits., ...sober-suited middle-aged men.     
  soberly      adv   ADV with v  
She saw Ellis, soberly dressed in a well-cut dark suit.     
    stone-cold sober  
    stone-cold   sober up      phrasal verb   If someone sobers up, or if something sobers them up, they become sober after being drunk.  
He was left to sober up in a police cell.      V P  
...the idea that a cup of strong black coffee sobers you up.      V n P  

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See also:

slobber, sob, sombre, sobersides

sober up exp.
to become more serious

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