AskDefine | Define imbue

Dictionary Definition

imbue

Verb

1 spread or diffuse through; "An atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration"; "music penetrated the entire building" [syn: permeate, pervade, penetrate, interpenetrate, diffuse]
2 fill, soak, or imbue totally; "saturate the bandage with disinfectant" [syn: soak]
3 suffuse with color [syn: hue, tinge]

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English

Etymology

From etyl la imbuo.

Verb

  1. : To wet or stain an object completely with some physical quality.
    The scarf was imbued with her 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".

Translations

to wet or stain completely
  • Finnish: kyllästää
to permeate or impregnate completely
  • Finnish: kyllästää

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