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verb (used with object), im·bued, im·bu·ing.
  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

First recorded in 1545–55, imbue is from the Latin word imbuere to wet, drench
Related formsim·bue·ment, nounpre·im·bue, verb (used with object), pre·im·bued, pre·im·bu·ing.un·im·bued, adjective
Can be confusedimbrue imbue

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1. charge, infect, fire. 2. permeate, infuse, tincture, soak.
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imbue

verb -bues, -buing or -bued (tr 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 Formsimbuement, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin imbuere to stain, accustom
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Word Origin and History for imbues

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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