a. A fluid naturally contained in plant or animal tissue: fruit juice; meat braised in its own juices.
b. A bodily secretion: digestive juices.
c. The liquid contained in something that is chiefly solid.
2. A beverage made from fruit juice or fruit-flavored syrup that is often combined with sweeteners, water, or other ingredients.
3. A substance or quality that imparts identity and vitality; essence.
4. Slang Vigorous life; vitality.
5. Slang Political power or influence; clout.
a. Electric current.
b. Fuel for an engine.
7. Slang Funds; money.
a. Alcoholic drink, especially liquor.
b. A substance, such as a steroid, taken to enhance performance in an athletic event.
c. A usually flavored liquid prepared for use in an e-cigarette or similar device.
9. Slang Racy or scandalous gossip.
v. tr. juiced, juic·ing, juic·es
To extract the juice from.
v. intr.Phrasal Verb:
1. To drink alcoholic beverages excessively.
2. To take a steroid or other substance to enhance athletic performance.
juice up Slang
To give energy, spirit, or interest to.
[Middle English jus, from Old French, from Latin iūs.]
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