imbue (v.) early 15c., "to keep wet; to soak, saturate;" also figuratively "to cause to absorb" (feelings, opinions, etc.), from L. imbuere "moisten," of uncertain origin, perhaps from the same root as IMBRICATION (Cf. imbrication). Cf. also O.Fr. embu, pp. of emboivre, from L. imbibere "drink in, soak in" (see IMBIBE (Cf. imbibe)), which might have influenced the English word. Related: Imbued; imbuing.

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