As verbs the difference between imbue and inoculate
is that imbue
is (transitive): to wet or stain an object completely with some physical quality while inoculate
is (immunology) to introduce an antigenic substance or vaccine into the body, as to produce immunity to a specific disease.
(transitive): To wet or stain an object completely with some physical quality.
In general, to act in a way which results in an object becoming completely permeated or impregnated by some quality.
- The shirt was imbued with his scent.
- The entire text is imbued with the sense of melancholy and hopelessness.
* Imbue takes meaning from the word imbibe, which means "to absorb or to be filled with".
(immunology) To introduce an antigenic substance or vaccine into the body, as to produce immunity to a specific disease.
(by extension) To safeguard or protect something as if by inoculation.
To add one substance to another; to spike.
To graft by inserting buds.
- The culture medium was inoculated with selenium to investigate the rate of uptake.
- to inoculate the bud of one tree or plant into another
(figurative) To introduce into the mind (used especially of harmful ideas or principles); to imbue.
- to inoculate a tree
- to inoculate someone with treason or infidelity
* immunize / immunise