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/ ɪmˈbyu /
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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.
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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 imbueim·bue·ment, nounpre·im·bue, verb (used with object), pre·im·bued, pre·im·bu·ing.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH imbueimbrue, imbue
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British Dictionary definitions for 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 imbueimbuement, noun
Word Origin for imbue
C16: from Latin imbuere to stain, accustom
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