verb (used with object), im·bued, im·bu·ing.
- to impregnate or inspire, as with feelings, opinions, etc.: The new political leader was imbued with the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.
- to saturate or impregnate with moisture, color, etc.
- to imbrue.
verb -bues, -buing or -bued (tr usually foll by with)
- to instil or inspire (with ideals, principles, etc)his sermons were imbued with the spirit of the Reformation
- rare to soak, esp with moisture, dye, etc
early 15c., “to keep wet; to soak, saturate;” also figuratively “to cause to absorb” (feelings, opinions, etc.), from Latin imbuere “moisten,” of uncertain origin, perhaps from the same root as imbrication. Cf. also Old French embu, past participle of emboivre, from Latin imbibere “drink in, soak in” (see imbibe), which might have influenced the English word. Related: Imbued; imbuing.