Imbrue Im*brue", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Imbureed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Imbureing}.] [Cf. OF. embruer, also embruver, embreuver, embrever, to give to drink, soak (see pref. {En-}, 1, 1st {In-}, and {Breverage}), but also OE. enbrewen, enbrowen, to stain, soil (cf. {Brewis}).] To wet or moisten; to soak; to drench, especially in blood. [1913 Webster]

While Darwen stream, will blood of Scots imbrued. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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