- The definition of imbue is to fill something or someone with a particular quality.
When you instill good values in your child, this is an example of a situation where you imbue good values.
transitive verbim·bued, im·bu·ing, im·bues
- To inspire or influence thoroughly; pervade: work imbued with the revolutionary spirit.
- To saturate, impregnate, or dye.
Origin of imbueMiddle English enbuen, imbeuen, from Latin imbuere, to moisten, stain.
(third-person singular simple present imbues, present participle imbuing, simple past and past participle imbued)
- Imbue takes meaning from the word imbibe, which means "to absorb or to be filled with".
From Latin imbuō (“wet, moisten”).