imbue

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin imbuō (wet, moisten).

Verb[edit]

imbue (third-person singular simple present imbues, present participle imbuing, simple past and past participle imbued)

  1. (transitive): To wet or stain an object completely with some physical quality.
    The shirt was imbued with his scent.
  2. 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.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Imbue takes meaning from the word imbibe, which means "to absorb or to be filled with".

Translations[edit]


French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

imbue f

  1. feminine form of imbu

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

imbue

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of imbuō