Definition of imbue
- the spirit that imbues the new constitution
- Spanish missions imbue the city with Old World charm
- —Scott Pendleton
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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
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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."
First Known Use: 1555See Words from the same year
: to cause (someone or something) to be deeply affected by a feeling or to have a certain quality
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