Definitions for imbueɪmˈbyu
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to permeate or inspire profoundly.
to saturate deeply with moisture or color.
Origin of imbue:
1545–55; < L imbuere to wet, drench
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"
fill, soak, or imbue totally
"soak the bandage with disinfectant"
suffuse with color
: To wet or stain an object completely with some physical quality.
The shirt was imbued with his scent.
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.
Origin: From imbuo.
to tinge deeply; to dye; to cause to absorb; as, clothes thoroughly imbued with black
to tincture deply; to cause to become impressed or penetrated; as, to imbue the minds of youth with good principles