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

  1. feminine singular of imbu

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

imbue

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of imbuō