Definition of imbue
1 : to permeate or influence as if by dyeing the spirit that imbues the new constitution
2 : to tinge or dye deeply
3 : endow 3 Spanish missions imbue the city with Old World charm — Scott Pendleton
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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
When imbued with the right provenance, a simple pen or keyboard may even be capable of tilting the performance odds in our favor.
Also intact: the Strains’ unfaltering faith, imbuing them with a trusting and positive outlook, that all that has happened to them, and will happen, is larger than themselves.
Once Diana was given the gift, she was visited by the goddesses Aphrodite and Athena, who imbued the hand-me-down with its truth-demanding capabilities.
Since then, the call has been taken up by Republican candidates seeking to imbue themselves with the outsider credentials that helped propel Trump to victory.
The letter is imbued with Christian fidelity and the pain of being separated from his children.
Has a simple pair of pumps ever been so imbued with partisan venom?
Switching between fluent French and Greek, Patakia imbues Djam with rock-star charisma and electrifying body language during her many musical numbers.
Rituals & Resolutions is a lurid little piece of pulp fiction: The dialogue is terse, the actors' smiles are treacherous, and director Michael Stein imbues the short film with an ambience of mayhem.
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Did You Know?
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."
Origin and Etymology of imbue
First Known Use: 1555
Synonym Discussion of imbue
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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