Definition of imbue in English:


Syllabification: im·bue
Pronunciation: /imˈbyo͞o

verb (imbues, imbuing, imbued)

[with object] (often be imbued with)
Inspire or permeate with a feeling or quality: the entire performance was imbued with sparkle and elan
More example sentences
  • James was imbued with many noble qualities which served him well and earned him enormous respect.
  • It's an inspired album that is imbued with the warm spirit and gracious heart that is this family.
  • He was a man of gentle and quiet disposition who was imbued with many noble qualities.
permeate, saturate, diffuse, suffuse, pervade, bathe, drench, steep;
impregnate, inject, inculcate, ingrain, instill, invest, inspire, breathe;


late Middle English (in the sense 'saturate'): from French imbu 'moistened', from Latin imbutus, past participle of imbuere 'moisten'.

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