Imbue vs Inoculate - What's the difference?

imbue | inoculate |


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.

imbue

English

Verb

(imbu)
  • (transitive): To wet or stain an object completely with some physical quality.
  • The shirt was imbued with his scent.
  • In general, to act in a way which results in an object becoming completely permeated or impregnated by some quality.
  • The entire text is imbued with the sense of melancholy and hopelessness.

    Usage notes

    * Imbue takes meaning from the word imbibe, which means "to absorb or to be filled with".

    inoculate

    English

    Alternative forms

    * innoculate

    Verb

  • (immunology) To introduce an antigenic substance or vaccine into the body, as to produce immunity to a specific disease.
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  • (by extension) To safeguard or protect something as if by inoculation.
  • To add one substance to another; to spike.
  • The culture medium was inoculated with selenium to investigate the rate of uptake.
  • To graft by inserting buds.
  • to inoculate the bud of one tree or plant into another
    to inoculate a tree
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  • (figurative) To introduce into the mind (used especially of harmful ideas or principles); to imbue.
  • to inoculate someone with treason or infidelity
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  • See also

    * immunize / immunise * vaccinate