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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.

Words that may be confused with imbue Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use imbue in a sentence

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

    The Lion and The Mouse | Charles Klein
  • 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
  • Many of the women fall into the bad habit of imbuing all their work with a romantic tinge of exaggerated sentiment.

    Woman's Work in Music | Arthur Elson
  • A perfume rose from her mouth into her nostrils, and caused her bones to melt, imbuing her body with delicious warmth.

    Eastern Shame Girl | Charles Georges Souli
  • The idea laid hold of him of reviving the spirit of his countrymen by imbuing them with the thoughts of the great Greek writers.

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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