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imbue

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verb im·bue \-ˈbyü\

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

im·buedim·bu·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to permeate or influence as if by dyeing <the spirit that imbues the new constitution>

  3. 2 :  to tinge or dye deeply

  4. 3 :  endow 3 <Spanish missions imbue the city with Old World charm — Scott Pendleton>

Examples of imbue

  1. A feeling of optimism imbues her works.

  2. <her training at the school for the deaf imbued her with a sense of purpose that she had never known before>



Origin of imbue

Latin imbuere


First Known Use: 1555

Synonym Discussion of imbue

infuse, suffuse, imbue, ingrain, inoculate, leaven mean to introduce one thing into another so as to affect it throughout. infuse implies a pouring in of something that gives new life or significance <new members infused enthusiasm into the club>. suffuse implies a spreading through of something that gives an unusual color or quality <a room suffused with light>. imbue implies the introduction of a quality that fills and permeates the whole being <imbue students with intellectual curiosity>. ingrain , used only in the passive or past participle, suggests the deep implanting of a quality or trait <clung to ingrained habits>. inoculate implies an imbuing or implanting with a germinal idea and often suggests stealth or subtlety <an electorate inoculated with dangerous ideas>. leaven implies introducing something that enlivens, tempers, or markedly alters the total quality <a serious play leavened with comic moments>.


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