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imbue definition

Overview

This page has 4 definitions of imbue in English, French, and Latin. Imbue is a verb and adjective. Examples of how to use imbue in a sentence are shown. Also define these 6 related words and terms: wet, stain, permeate, impregnate, imbu, and imbuo.

English imbue definition

Etymology

From Latin imbuō (wet, moisten).

Pronunciation

Verb

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

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

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French imbue definition

Pronunciation

Adjective

imbue

  1. feminine singular of imbu

Latin imbue definition

Pronunciation

Verb

imbue

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of imbuō