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.

Origin of imbue

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

SYNONYMS FOR imbue

Related forms

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

Can be confused

imbrue imbue
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British Dictionary definitions for imbuing

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

imbuement, noun

Word Origin for imbue

C16: from Latin imbuere to stain, accustom
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