Definition of imbue in English:



  • Inspire or permeate with a feeling or quality.

    ‘the entire performance was imbued with sparkle and elan’
    • ‘He is imbued with a quiet confidence, but he appreciates how precious that particular commodity is.’
    • ‘I spend a lot of time praying that they are imbued with greater wisdom.’
    • ‘Most do an excellent job of capturing the classic feel of the characters, and imbuing an epic quality into proceedings.’
    • ‘People of Annie's generation were imbued with a great sense of country and patriotism.’
    • ‘He was a man of gentle and quiet disposition who was imbued with many noble qualities.’
    • ‘Scenes are imbued with a hallucinatory quality, reminiscent of European art cinema.’
    • ‘James was imbued with many noble qualities which served him well and earned him enormous respect.’
    • ‘Debt relief, too, is imbued with moral hazard: the worse a government behaves, the more it is rewarded.’
    • ‘They played with control and flair in the first half, while the second half was imbued with indiscipline and scrappiness.’
    • ‘Her books are also imbued with an ethos of tolerance and acceptance.’
    • ‘Historical sites of revolutions are often imbued with an aura of romantic mystique.’
    • ‘It's an inspired album that is imbued with the warm spirit and gracious heart that is this family.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A lady of gentle disposition and kind manner, Nora was imbued with a caring and compassionate nature.’
    • ‘But his works are also imbued with social commentary, desperately wanting to make the world a better place.’
    • ‘Her eccentric characters are imbued with humanity, and the ending is stunning.’
    • ‘We imbue the appreciation of art with some sort of Protestant work ethic and demand it does us good.’
    • ‘The rest of the squad are amateurs imbued with a professional attitude.’
    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.