- 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 imbued
She actively, and with glee, imbued their lives with an abundance of misery.J.K. Rowling Pens the Greatest Horror Story Ever: Dolores Umbridge Was Real
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The stories are so minimal that anything could be projected on them and imbued with a significant meaning to its observer.Holy Homophobia, Batman! A Queer Reading of the Dark Knight
July 26, 2014
The beautiful island of Santorini is imbued with the history of some of the earliest civilizations.Book a Room for Two in a Santorini Cave
June 10, 2014
The others also seem to have been imbued with a little extra depth.Return of the Bunny Boiler: Fatal Attraction’s World Stage Premiere
March 26, 2014
I was at first puzzled that Russell had imbued Polito with such benevolent qualities.The Real Story and Lesson of the Abscam Sting in ‘American Hustle’
December 17, 2013
Her husband had ideas on that subject, and had imbued her with them.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
The air and sunshine, nay, the very rocks are imbued with it.The Book of Khalid
Men should be imbued with a sense of their strength, not of their weakness.Dreamers of the Ghetto
Christians are imbued with a psychology derived from a completed revelation.The Mistakes of Jesus
Imbued with a momentary courage, she advanced to her husband and took his hand.The Genius</p>
Margaret Horton Potter
- 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 imbued
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.