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imbue

[im-byoo] /ɪmˈbyu/
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
1545-1555
1545-55; < Latin imbuere to wet, drench
Related forms
imbuement, noun
preimbue, verb (used with object), preimbued, preimbuing.
unimbued, adjective
Can be confused
imbrue, imbue.
Synonyms
1. charge, infect, fire. 2. permeate, infuse, tincture, soak.
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British Dictionary definitions for un imbued

imbue

/ɪmˈbjuː/
verb -bues, -buing, -bued (transitive) usually foll by with
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
Derived Forms
imbuement, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin imbuere to stain, accustom
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Word Origin and History for un imbued

imbue

v.

early 15c., "to keep wet; to soak, saturate;" also figuratively "to cause to absorb" (feelings, opinions, etc.), from Latin imbuere "moisten," of uncertain origin, perhaps from the same root as imbrication. Cf. also Old French embu, past participle of emboivre, from Latin imbibere "drink in, soak in" (see imbibe), which might have influenced the English word. Related: Imbued; imbuing.

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