tr.v. im·bued, im·bu·ing, im·bues
1. To inspire or influence thoroughly; pervade: work imbued with the revolutionary spirit.
2. To saturate, impregnate, or dye.
[Middle English enbuen, imbeuen, from Latin imbuere, to moisten, stain.]
Synonyms: imbue, permeate, pervade, saturate, suffuse
These verbs mean to cause to be filled with a particular quality, such as an attitude or feeling: poetry imbued with lyricism; optimism that permeates a group; letters pervaded with gloom; a play saturated with ironic witticism; a heart suffused with love. See Also Synonyms at care.
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