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
Imbued with a distinct anti-war flair, the organization emphasized large-scale adult play.
Laura Burhenn, the brainchild behind the indie pop project The Mynabirds, has been imbued with wanderlust all her life.
Serena Williams is known around the world as a powerhouse on the tennis court, and Vanity Fair’s August 2017 cover shows the superstar athlete imbued with a new source of power: motherhood.
Instead, there's Lofty, an adorable faerie that imbues Evan with wizard-like powers.
Even if some of the words are foreign to modern ears, their delivery is so imbued with thought and emotion that there’s never a doubt about their intentions.
The faithful and clergy there often imbue their practices with local culture in contrast to more traditional routines in Europe or North America.
The faithful and clergy there often imbue their practices with local culture in dynamic contrast to more traditional routines in Europe or North America.
Camp Grier also imbues kids in second through 12th grade with a love for community service.
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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."
Origin and Etymology of imbue
First Known Use: 1555See Words from the same year
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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