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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
Recent Examples of imbue from the Web
The sparse, deadpan prose imbues these scenes with extraordinary intensity.
While his nasally gravel bears some similarities to his famous dad, Lukas imbues the song with his own nuances, powerful vocal trills, and a bluesy guitar jam.
Millions of people pledging unconditional devotion to any business threatens to imbue it with monopoly power.
Angles and framing and context can imbue an image with a meaning it isn't meant to have.
Some horror movies imbue a seemingly harmless place or object with newfound danger.
The promise that President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last month would be turned into bricks and mortar imbued the vice president’s visit with more than symbolic value.
Somehow, this imbues him with confidence, not pressure.
For many fans, that timing imbued the mural with an almost mystical aura.
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imbue Has Old French Roots
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."
Synonym Discussion of imbue
- new members infused enthusiasm into the club
- a room suffused with light
- imbue students with intellectual curiosity
- clung to ingrained habits
- an electorate inoculated with dangerous ideas
- a serious play leavened with comic moments
IMBUE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of imbue for English Language Learners
: to cause (someone or something) to be deeply affected by a feeling or to have a certain quality
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