- to impregnate or inspire, as with feelings, opinions, etc.: The new political leader was imbued with the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.
- to saturate or impregnate with moisture, color, etc.
- to imbrue.
Origin of imbue
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Examples from the Web for imbue
Now, way up high in the North Carolina mountains, a Land of Oz can imbue a little magic.Follow the Yellow Brick Road…to North Carolina
February 12, 2014
And the use of reverberating metallic sound effects to imbue every other moment with sinister portent gets tedious after awhile.‘Broadchurch’ Is Great TV for Fans of ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Doctor Who,’ and ‘Prime Suspect’
August 7, 2013
They had hoped for a younger man with more manifest energy and charisma to imbue the church with a new spirit.The Pope Francis’ Homeless Fans
March 14, 2013
“Unfortunately, the Jesuits failed to imbue me with the true Christian faith,” Castro told Frei Betto.Castro May Rejoin Catholic Church, Say Rumors in the Italian Press
Mac Margolis, Barbie Latza Nadeau
February 24, 2012
This thought should imbue a man of science with humility rather than with pride.Heroes of the Telegraph
By some subtle process she contrived to imbue the baby also with this idea.Novel Notes
Jerome K. Jerome
They had never been able to imbue her with the superstition pertaining to the Godolphins.The Shadow of Ashlydyat
Mrs. Henry Wood
No warrior could have a wife or child to imbue him with any tender sentiment.History of the Zulu War
It does not imbue us with a sense of the mysterious like that of Egypt.The Ceramic Art
Jennie J. Young
- to instil or inspire (with ideals, principles, etc)his sermons were imbued with the spirit of the Reformation
- rare to soak, esp with moisture, dye, etc
Word Origin and History for imbue
early 15c., "to keep wet; to soak, saturate;" also figuratively "to cause to absorb" (feelings, opinions, etc.), from Latin imbuere "moisten," of uncertain origin, perhaps from the same root as imbrication. Cf. also Old French embu, past participle of emboivre, from Latin imbibere "drink in, soak in" (see imbibe), which might have influenced the English word. Related: Imbued; imbuing.