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

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. Unabridged
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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]

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Word Origin & History

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
It imbues these trendy devices with a more modern aesthetic and a snappier feel.
The roasting process imbues coffee with roasted or toasted notes, stronger in
  dark roast than in light.
Mythology imbues the vampire bat with supernatural powers, but its real
  abilities are no less extraordinary.
She plays her part resourcefully and imbues it with the much desired levity.
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