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imbrue

[ im-broo ]
/ ɪmˈbrʊ /
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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.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM imbrue

im·brue·ment, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH imbrue

imbrue , imbue
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British Dictionary definitions for imbrue

imbrue

embrue

/ (ɪmˈbruː) /

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

to stain, esp with blood
to permeate or impregnate

Derived forms of imbrue

imbruement or embruement, noun

Word Origin for imbrue

C15: from Old French embreuver, from Latin imbibere imbibe
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