Definitions for imbueɪmˈbyu

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

im•bueɪmˈbyu(v.t.)-bued, -bu•ing.

  1. to permeate or inspire profoundly.

  2. to saturate deeply with moisture or color.

  3. to imbrue.

Origin of imbue:

1545–55; < L imbuere to wet, drench


Princeton's WordNet

  1. permeate, pervade, penetrate, interpenetrate, diffuse, imbue, riddle(verb)

    spread or diffuse through

    "An atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration"; "music penetrated the entire building"; "His campaign was riddled with accusations and personal attacks"

  2. soak, imbue(verb)

    fill, soak, or imbue totally

    "soak the bandage with disinfectant"

  3. imbue, hue(verb)

    suffuse with color


  1. imbue(Verb)

    : To wet or stain an object completely with some physical quality.

    The shirt was imbued with his scent.

  2. imbue(Verb)

    In general, to act in a way which results in an object becoming completely permeated or impregnated by some quality.

    The entire text is imbued with the sense of melancholy and hopelessness.

  3. Origin: From imbuo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imbue(verb)

    to tinge deeply; to dye; to cause to absorb; as, clothes thoroughly imbued with black

  2. Imbue(verb)

    to tincture deply; to cause to become impressed or penetrated; as, to imbue the minds of youth with good principles


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