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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.

  1. to imbrue.

Origin of imbue

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

Other words for imbue

Other words from imbue

  • im·bue·ment, noun
  • pre·im·bue, verb (used with object), pre·im·bued, pre·im·bu·ing.

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How to use imbue in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for imbue


/ (ɪmˈbjuː) /

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

Origin of imbue

C16: from Latin imbuere to stain, accustom

Derived forms of imbue

  • imbuement, noun

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