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.
Origin of imbue
First recorded in 1545–55, imbue is from the Latin word imbuere to wet, drenchRelated formsim·bue·ment, nounpre·im·bue, verb (used with object), pre·im·bued, pre·im·bu·ing.un·im·bued, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for imbuement
verb -bues, -buing or -bued (tr usually foll by with)
Derived Formsimbuement, noun
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 for imbue
C16: from Latin imbuere to stain, accustom
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Word Origin and History for imbuement
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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