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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
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Some observers are skeptical that corporate efforts to imbue ethics into AI will make a difference.
The wins built morale in the city and seemed to imbue the Joe with a larger-than-life persona.
But their flaws highlight both the power and the potential pitfalls of software imbued with even a sliver of artificial intelligence.
The symposium also offered an interactive forum for exploring approaches to imbue professional nurses and interprofessional partners with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to successfully engage in clinical inquiry.
Clarkson did imbue powerful emotion in her speech, drawing upon her own roots in Texas.
There’s no magic word to speak that will suddenly, simply, imbue you with the wisdom of a full long human life.
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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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