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[im-broo ] /ɪmˈbrʊ/
verb (used with object), imbrued, imbruing.
1.
to stain:
He refused to imbrue his hands with the blood of more killing.
2.
to impregnate or imbue (usually followed by with or in):
They are imbrued with the follies of youth.
Also, embrue.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English enbrewen < Middle French embreuver to cause to drink in, soak, drench < Vulgar Latin *imbiberāre, derivative of Latin imbibere to imbibe
Related forms
imbruement, noun
Can be confused
imbrue, imbue.
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imbrue

/ɪmˈbruː/
verb (transitive) (rare) -brues, -bruing, -brued
1.
to stain, esp with blood
2.
to permeate or impregnate
Derived Forms
imbruement, embruement, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French embreuver, from Latin imbibereimbibe
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