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imbue (someone or something) with (something)

To fill, instill, or inspire someone or something with a particular quality or trait. We've always tried to imbue our children with a strong sense of empathy for other people. It's clear to see that the filmmakers imbued the documentary with the anger felt by many working-class people.
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imbue someone with something

to indoctrinate someone with something; to build something into someone. I tried to imbue my children with a strong sense of justice. Her thinking and attitudes had been imbued with childhood fears.
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It's an artistic name - Imbue is one of the most beautiful words in the English dictionary.
As well as the prints, the store has worked with Imbue on an exclusive T-shirt to accompany the exhibition, which will be available to buy from Friday.
Her pictorial marks are energetic elements that imbue the surface with dynamism and the luminous power of color.
At the entrance to the exhibiti on hangs a photograph of a shirtless young boy in shorts walking along an avenue lined with tall buildings: The intense and warm light, the frontality of the shot, and the slightly unbalanced framing imbue the boy with the fragility and self-assurance of the city dweller, at once fully in control of his space and perpetually on his way to being taken over by it; at once at the center (of the city and the image) and threatened by the margins.
Gibson also imbues the secondary character with appropriate voices, making for easy visuals.
The attention to natural detail imbues the book so strongly that when the Exxon Valdez oil tanker alters that environment overnight, the horror and depression that Holleman describes in her community is palpable (see features, this issue).
Benedict's democratic and hospitable presence now imbues cyberspace.
If its density is constant, then dark energy may resemble what Einstein called the cosmological constant--an unchanging property of empty space that imbues the universe with a constant acceleration.
These types of gestures emphasize a sense of community that imbues the work.
We want these kids to continue to reach for the stars and Scouting imbues them with the skills and attitude to do that.