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imbue

[im-byoo]
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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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1. charge, infect, fire. 2. permeate, infuse, tincture, soak.
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  • He is quite capable of imbuing you with a taste for politics, too.

    Pride

    Eugne Sue

  • For he possesses a mysterious faculty of imbuing others with his own happiness.

  • The best operator, by pumping or pulling stops or switching levers, cannot entirely succeed in imbuing it with the breath of life.

    The Joyful Heart

    Robert Haven Schauffler

  • He could only hope that Mrs. Rossmore would succeed in imbuing her husband with her Christian spirit.

  • He could sing, when he chose, with a Highland accent, and had caught the knack of imbuing what he sang with an intolerable pathos.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson


British Dictionary definitions for imbuing

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 imbuing

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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