Definition of imbue in English:



[WITH OBJECT]often be imbued with
  • Inspire or permeate with (a feeling or quality):

    ‘his works are invariably imbued with a sense of calm and serenity’
    • ‘It's an inspired album that is imbued with the warm spirit and gracious heart that is this family.’
    • ‘We imbue the appreciation of art with some sort of Protestant work ethic and demand it does us good.’
    • ‘But his works are also imbued with social commentary, desperately wanting to make the world a better place.’
    • ‘He was a man of gentle and quiet disposition who was imbued with many noble qualities.’
    • ‘Debt relief, too, is imbued with moral hazard: the worse a government behaves, the more it is rewarded.’
    • ‘I spend a lot of time praying that they are imbued with greater wisdom.’
    • ‘People of Annie's generation were imbued with a great sense of country and patriotism.’
    • ‘Historical sites of revolutions are often imbued with an aura of romantic mystique.’
    • ‘He is imbued with a quiet confidence, but he appreciates how precious that particular commodity is.’
    • ‘A lady of gentle disposition and kind manner, Nora was imbued with a caring and compassionate nature.’
    • ‘Her books are also imbued with an ethos of tolerance and acceptance.’
    • ‘Scenes are imbued with a hallucinatory quality, reminiscent of European art cinema.’
    • ‘Her eccentric characters are imbued with humanity, and the ending is stunning.’
    • ‘Most do an excellent job of capturing the classic feel of the characters, and imbuing an epic quality into proceedings.’
    • ‘The rest of the squad are amateurs imbued with a professional attitude.’
    • ‘They played with control and flair in the first half, while the second half was imbued with indiscipline and scrappiness.’
    • ‘Always eager to reach out to others, especially the Jews, he was imbued with a deep agony over the suffering of others.’
    • ‘They are qualities the current squad is imbued with, given their performances under pressure.’
    • ‘A gracious and pleasant lady, Delia was imbued with many fine and noble traits.’
    • ‘James was imbued with many noble qualities which served him well and earned him enormous respect.’
    permeate, saturate, diffuse, suffuse, pervade
    impregnate, inject, inculcate, instil, ingrain, inspire, inform
    fill, charge, load
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘saturate’): from French imbu moistened, from Latin imbutus, past participle of imbuere moisten.