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
He handled the good times well, imbuing his fellow citizens with a newfound
But the deft script is its strong suit, imbuing the story with sharp wit.
For as long as inventors have been building robots, they have been imbuing
  their creations with gender.
Slightly scruffy and rumpled, the singer had a way of imbuing the broken
  characters in his songs with three-dimensional life.
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