[ im-broo ]
/ ɪmˈbrʊ /

verb (used with object), im·brued, im·bru·ing.

to stain: He refused to imbrue his hands with the blood of more killing.
to impregnate or imbue (usually followed by with or in): They are imbrued with the follies of youth.

Nearby words

  1. imbricately,
  2. imbrication,
  3. imbroglio,
  4. imbros,
  5. imbrown,
  6. imbrute,
  7. imbue,
  8. imburse,
  9. imco,
  10. imeche

Also embrue.

Origin of imbrue

1400–50; late Middle English enbrewen < Middle French embreuver to cause to drink in, soak, drench < Vulgar Latin *imbiberāre, derivative of Latin imbibere to imbibe

Related formsim·brue·ment, noun

Can be confusedimbrue imbue Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for imbrue



/ (ɪmˈbruː) /

verb -brues, -bruing or -brued (tr) rare

to stain, esp with blood
to permeate or impregnate
Derived Formsimbruement or embruement, noun

Word Origin for imbrue

C15: from Old French embreuver, from Latin imbibere imbibe

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Word Origin and History for imbrue



early 15c., "to soak, steep;" mid-15c., "to stain, soil," from Old French embreuvere "to moisten," a metathesis of embeuvrer, from em- (see im-) + -bevrer, ultimately from Latin bibere "to drink" (see imbibe). Or perhaps from Old French embroue "soiled," ultimately from boue "mud, dirt."

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