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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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He noted that since the electric power industry is imbued with public interest, "service should be provided continuously and without unjustified interruption.
I'm wondering how long it will be before we see that ominous phrase 'arch', archaic, in tomorrow's dictionaries next to imbrued and imbued.
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But readers should care about "political correctness"--particularly when a copy editor is so imbued with the doctrine that he will reflexively change "pro-life" to "anti-abortion" even in instances where the "pro-life" reference has nothing to do with the abortion issue.
It's "imbued with mythic qualities." It's made of polyester.
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Some experts believe that what many countries really fade is not a water crisis but a governance crisis, and that good water governance requires effective and accountable systems imbued with transparent and participatory processes that address both ecological and human needs.
Most of Mike Brown's mentors are imbued with the principles Frank Buchman bequeathed to MRA/IC and which Kim Beazley Snr learned at Caux: 'searching for God's leading, testing any thoughts that come against absolute honesty, purity, unselfishness and love'.
He is quite aware that today such a thesis can hardly be considered a novelty: on the contrary, it begins to have a long history behind it which Ciliberto delineates with undoubted finesse, tracing it back to the "alternative" idea of Renaissance, and previously of late classical culture as deeply imbued with occult and spiritual currents of thought, developed in the 1920s by Aby Warburg and his followers.
It didn't take much effort to see that the car was not only timelessly handsome, it was imbued with a wonderfully mischievous personality.
Imbued with a heightened sense of social responsibility, a renewed commitment to help?
His previous book-length poem Omeros--which was followed by the collection of poems titled The Bounty--observed its characters through a history imbued with Homeric myth.