Imbue Definition

imbued, imbues, imbuing
imbued, imbues, imbuing
To fill with moisture; saturate.
Webster's New World
To fill with color; dye; tinge.
Webster's New World
To permeate or inspire (with principles, ideas, emotions, etc.)
Webster's New World

: 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 of Imbue

  • Middle English enbuen, imbeuen from Latin imbuere to moisten, stain

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin imbuō (“wet, moisten”).

    From Wiktionary

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