Simple Definition of infuse
: to cause (a person or thing) to be filled with something (such as a quality)
: to cause (something, such as a quality) to be added or introduced into a person or thing
: to allow something (such as tea or herbs) to stay in a liquid (such as hot water) in order to flavor the liquid
Full Definition of infuse
1 a : to cause to be permeated with something (as a principle or quality) that alters usually for the better <infuse the team with confidence> b : introduce, insinuate <a new spirit was infused into American art — American Guide Series: New York>
3 : to steep in liquid (as water) without boiling so as to extract the soluble constituents or principles
4 : to administer or inject by infusion <stem cells were infused into the patient>
Examples of infuse
She has infused her followers with confidence.
He has found ways to infuse new energy into his performances.
She has infused confidence into her followers.
His work is infused with anger.
The tea should be allowed to infuse for several minutes.
You should infuse the tea for several minutes.
Origin of infuse
Middle English, to pour in, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French infuser, from Latin infusus, past participle of infundere to pour in, from in- + fundere to pour — more at found
First Known Use: 1526
Synonym Discussion of infuse
Rhymes with infuse
abuse, accuse, amuse, Andrews, bad news, bemuse, berceuse, chanteuse, charmeuse, chartreuse, coiffeuse, confuse, contuse, danseuse, defuse, diffuse, diseuse, disuse, effuse, enthuse, excuse, ill-use, incuse, masseuse, misuse, perfuse, peruse, recluse, recuse, refuse, reuse, short fuse, suffuse, Toulouse, transfuse, vendeuse
Medical Definition of infuse
1: to steep in liquid (as water) without boiling so as to extract the soluble constituents or principles
2: to administer or inject by infusion especially intravenously <infuse the blood with glucose> <infuse a solution of lactate>
: to administer a solution by infusion
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