Imbue
Imbue Im*bue", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Imbued}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Imbuing}.] [L. imbuere; pref. im- in + perh. a disused simple word akin to L. bibere to drink. Cf. {Imbibe}.] 1. To tinge deeply; to dye; to cause to absorb; as, clothes thoroughly imbued with black. [1913 Webster]

2. To tincture deply; to cause to become impressed or penetrated; as, to imbue the minds of youth with good principles. [1913 Webster]

Thy words with grace divine Imbued, bring to their sweetness no satiety. --Milton. [1913 Webster]


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  • imbue — I verb bathe, drench, fill, imbuere, implant, impress upon the mind, inculcate, indoctrinate, inficere, influence, infuse, inject, inspire, instill, leaven, permeate, pervade, pour in, saturate, soak, tingere II index inculcate, infuse …   Law dictionary

  • imbue — (v.) early 15c., to keep wet; to soak, saturate; also figuratively to cause to absorb (feelings, opinions, etc.), from L. imbuere moisten, of uncertain origin, perhaps from the same root as IMBRICATION (Cf. imbrication). Cf. also O.Fr. embu, pp.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • imbue — inoculate, leaven, ingrain, *infuse, suffuse Analogous words: *inform, inspire, fire, animate: impregnate, saturate, *permeate, pervade …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • imbue — see infuse …   Modern English usage

  • imbue — [v] infuse, saturate bathe, diffuse, impregnate, inculcate, infix, ingrain, inoculate, instill, invest, leaven, permeate, pervade, steep, suffuse; concepts 209,236,245 Ant. drain, take out …   New thesaurus

  • imbue — ► VERB (imbues, imbued, imbuing) (often be imbued with) ▪ fill with a feeling or quality. ORIGIN originally in the sense «saturate»: from Latin imbuere moisten …   English terms dictionary

  • imbue — [im byo͞o′] vt. imbued, imbuing [L imbuere, to wet, soak] 1. Rare to fill with moisture; saturate 2. to fill with color; dye; tinge 3. to permeate or inspire (with principles, ideas, emotions, etc.) …   English World dictionary

  • imbue — UK [ɪmˈbjuː] / US [ɪmˈbju] verb Word forms imbue : present tense I/you/we/they imbue he/she/it imbues present participle imbuing past tense imbued past participle imbued Phrasal verbs: imbue with …   English dictionary

  • imbue — im|bue [ımˈbju:] v imbue with [imbue sb/sth with sth] phr v [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: imbuere to make wet, stain ] to make someone or something have a quality, idea, or emotion very strongly ▪ His philosophical writings are imbued with… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • imbue — transitive verb (imbued; imbuing) Etymology: Latin imbuere Date: 1555 1. to permeate or influence as if by dyeing < the spirit that imbues the new constitution > 2. to tinge or dye deeply 3. endow 3 < Spanish missions imbue the city with Old… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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