Simple Definition of imbue
: to cause (someone or something) to be deeply affected by a feeling or to have a certain quality
Full Definition of imbue
1 : to permeate or influence as if by dyeing <the spirit that imbues the new constitution>
2 : to tinge or dye deeply
3 : endow 3 <Spanish missions imbue the city with Old World charm — Scott Pendleton>
Examples of imbue in a sentence
A feeling of optimism imbues her works.
<her training at the school for the deaf imbued her with a sense of purpose that she had never known before>
Did You Know?
Like its synonym "infuse," "imbue" implies the introduction of one thing into another so as to affect it throughout. A nation can be imbued with pride, for example, or a photograph might be imbued with a sense of melancholy. In the past "imbue" has also been used synonymously with "imbrue," an obscure word meaning "to drench or stain," but etymologists do not think the two words are related. Imbue derives from the Latin verb imbuere, meaning "to dye, wet, or moisten." "Imbrue" has been traced back through Anglo-French and Old French to the Latin verb bibere, meaning "to drink."
Origin of imbue
First Known Use: 1555
Synonym Discussion of imbue
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