imbue

[ im-byoo ]
/ ɪmˈbyu /

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

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.

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Origin of imbue

First recorded in 1545–55, imbue is from the Latin word imbuere to wet, drench

OTHER WORDS FROM imbue

im·bue·ment, nounpre·im·bue, verb (used with object), pre·im·bued, pre·im·bu·ing.un·im·bued, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH imbue

imbrue, imbue
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British Dictionary definitions for imbue

imbue
/ (ɪmˈbjuː) /

verb -bues, -buing or -bued (tr usually foll by with)

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

Derived forms of imbue

imbuement, noun

Word Origin for imbue

C16: from Latin imbuere to stain, accustom
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