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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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But Almeida transcends what could have been a mere adaptation of local references and traditions, successfully imbuing his work with an intensely personal sense of drama and energy.
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Her clenched fists, arched feet, and melancholic expression remained evident throughout, imbuing the spectator with a deep sensation of sadness and pain.