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imbue

[im-byoo] /ɪmˈbyu/
verb (used with object), imbued, imbuing.
1.
to impregnate or inspire, as with feelings, opinions, etc.:
The new political leader was imbued with the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.
2.
to saturate or impregnate with moisture, color, etc.
3.
to imbrue.
Origin of imbue
1545-1555
First recorded in 1545-55, imbue is from the Latin word imbuere to wet, drench
Related forms
imbuement, noun
preimbue, verb (used with object), preimbued, preimbuing.
unimbued, adjective
Can be confused
imbrue, imbue.
Synonyms
1. charge, infect, fire. 2. permeate, infuse, tincture, soak.
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  • Her husband had ideas on that subject, and had imbued her with them.

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  • The air and sunshine, nay, the very rocks are imbued with it.

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  • Men should be imbued with a sense of their strength, not of their weakness.

  • Christians are imbued with a psychology derived from a completed revelation.

    The Mistakes of Jesus William Floyd
  • imbued with a momentary courage, she advanced to her husband and took his hand.

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British Dictionary definitions for imbued

imbue

/ɪmˈbjuː/
verb -bues, -buing, -bued (transitive) usually foll by with
1.
to instil or inspire (with ideals, principles, etc): his sermons were imbued with the spirit of the Reformation
2.
(rare) to soak, esp with moisture, dye, etc
Derived Forms
imbuement, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin imbuere to stain, accustom
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Word Origin and History for imbued

imbue

v.

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.

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