- 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 imbuing
But what is the end game here, and what are the unintended consequences of imbuing a robotic device with cuteness?Does a Robot Need to Be Cute?
June 22, 2014
The masters had their own reasons for imbuing blackface roles with goofy character traits.Why It’s Time to End Blackface, Finally
October 31, 2013
“Radical acceptance” is one of the core concepts I have been working on imbuing in my therapy.‘LA Shrinks’: A Television Writer Discovers His Shrink Is on a Bravo Reality Show
April 8, 2013
Benjamin Lytal on how imbuing a holy figure with skepticism and doubt draws one back to the Bible itself.What Mary Thought: ‘The Testament of Mary’ by Colm Tóibín
November 18, 2012
Forced to carry the middle portion of the film while stranded at sea, Sharma delivers, imbuing Pi with deep emotional honesty.Is Ang Lee’s Visually Breathtaking Life of Pi This Year’s Slumdog Millionaire?
September 29, 2012
He is quite capable of imbuing you with a taste for politics, too.Pride
For he possesses a mysterious faculty of imbuing others with his own happiness.The Story of Fifty-Seven Cents and Others
The best operator, by pumping or pulling stops or switching levers, cannot entirely succeed in imbuing it with the breath of life.The Joyful Heart
Robert Haven Schauffler
He could only hope that Mrs. Rossmore would succeed in imbuing her husband with her Christian spirit.The Lion and The Mouse
He could sing, when he chose, with a Highland accent, and had caught the knack of imbuing what he sang with an intolerable pathos.Murder Point
- 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 imbuing
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.