imbue

[im-byoo]
verb (used with object), imbued, imbuing.
1.
to impregnate or inspire, as with feelings, opinions, etc.: The new political leader was imbued with the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.
2.
to saturate or impregnate with moisture, color, etc.
3.
to imbrue.

Origin:
1545–55; < Latin imbuere to wet, drench

imbuement, noun
preimbue, verb (used with object), preimbued, preimbuing.
unimbued, adjective

imbrue, imbue.


1. charge, infect, fire. 2. permeate, infuse, tincture, soak.
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imbue (ɪmˈbjuː)
 
vb (usually foll by with) , -bues, -buing, -bued
1.  to instil or inspire (with ideals, principles, etc): his sermons were imbued with the spirit of the Reformation
2.  rare to soak, esp with moisture, dye, etc
 
[C16: from Latin imbuere to stain, accustom]
 
im'buement
 
n

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imbue
c.1550, "to cause to absorb" (feelings, opinions, etc.), from M.Fr. imbu (infl. by L. imbutus, pp. of imbuere "moisten, stain"), earlier embu, pp. of emboire, from L. imbibere "drink in, soak in."
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Example sentences
The smoke and peat that saturate the boozy oak imbue the beer with a richness
  that's unmistakably ancient.
He could imbue adult cells, which are normally fixed in specific roles, with
  the limitless potential of stem cells.
Also part of the bending and twisting of language is to imbue it with meaning
  to those who understand the code.
Apparently, no effort was made to imbue the flag with any special symbolism.
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