They had hoped for a younger man with more manifest energy and charisma to imbue the church with a new spirit.
And the use of reverberating metallic sound effects to imbue every other moment with sinister portent gets tedious after awhile.
Now, way up high in the North Carolina mountains, a Land of Oz can imbue a little magic.
early 15c., "to keep wet; to soak, saturate;" also figuratively "to cause to absorb" (feelings, opinions, etc.), from Latin imbuere "moisten," of uncertain origin, perhaps from the same root as imbrication. Cf. also Old French embu, past participle of emboivre, from Latin imbibere "drink in, soak in" (see imbibe), which might have influenced the English word. Related: Imbued; imbuing.