im·​brue im-ˈbrü How to pronounce imbrue (audio)
variants or less commonly embrue
imbrued also embrued; imbruing also embruing

Word History


Middle English enbrewen, embrowen, from Anglo-French embrower to soil, probably alteration of Old French abevrer, abreuver to water, soak, ultimately from Latin bibere to drink — more at potable

First Known Use

1529, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of imbrue was in 1529

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Cite this Entry

“Imbrue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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