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imbue

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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.
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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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Related Words

permeate, ingrain, suffuse, inculcate, pervade, leaven, steep, instill, bathe, impregnate, invest, inoculate, infix, diffuse

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  • This thought should imbue a man of science with humility rather than with pride.

  • By some subtle process she contrived to imbue the baby also with this idea.

    Novel Notes

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • They had never been able to imbue her with the superstition pertaining to the Godolphins.

  • No warrior could have a wife or child to imbue him with any tender sentiment.

  • It does not imbue us with a sense of the mysterious like that of Egypt.

    The Ceramic Art

    Jennie J. Young


British Dictionary definitions for imbue

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
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Derived Formsimbuement, noun

Word Origin

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