from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To inspire or influence thoroughly; pervade: work imbued with the revolutionary spirit. See Synonyms at charge.
- transitive v. To permeate or saturate.
- transitive v. To stain or dye deeply.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. : To wet or stain an object completely with some physical quality.
- v. In general, to act in a way which results in an object becoming completely permeated or impregnated by some quality.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To tinge deeply; to dye; to cause to absorb.
- transitive v. To tincture deply; to cause to become impressed or penetrated.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To impregnate by steeping or soaking: used especially with reference to dyes.
- To tincture deeply; cause to become impregnated or penetrated: as, to imbue the minds of youth with good principles.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. suffuse with color
- v. spread or diffuse through
- v. fill, soak, or imbue totally
Middle English enbuen, imbeuen, from Latin imbuere, to moisten, stain.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin imbuō ("wet, moisten"). (Wiktionary)