verb in·fuse \in-ˈfyüz\

: 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

transitive verb
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>
:  inspire, animate <the sense of purpose that infuses scientific research>
:  to steep in liquid (as water) without boiling so as to extract the soluble constituents or principles
:  to administer or inject by infusion <stem cells were infused into the patient>
in·fus·er noun

Examples of INFUSE

  1. She has infused her followers with confidence.
  2. He has found ways to infuse new energy into his performances.
  3. She has infused confidence into her followers.
  4. His work is infused with anger.
  5. The tea should be allowed to infuse for several minutes.
  6. 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

infuse, suffuse, imbue, ingrain, inoculate, leaven mean to introduce one thing into another so as to affect it throughout. infuse implies a pouring in of something that gives new life or significance <new members infused enthusiasm into the club>. suffuse implies a spreading through of something that gives an unusual color or quality <a room suffused with light>. imbue implies the introduction of a quality that fills and permeates the whole being <imbue students with intellectual curiosity>. ingrain , used only in the passive or past participle, suggests the deep implanting of a quality or trait <clung to ingrained habits>. inoculate implies an imbuing or implanting with a germinal idea and often suggests stealth or subtlety <an electorate inoculated with dangerous ideas>. leaven implies introducing something that enlivens, tempers, or markedly alters the total quality <a serious play leavened with comic moments>.


verb in·fuse \in-ˈfyüz\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INFUSE

transitive verb
:  to steep in liquid (as water) without boiling so as to extract the soluble constituents or principles
:  to administer or inject by infusion especially intravenously <infuse the blood with glucose> <infuse a solution of lactate>
intransitive verb
:  to administer a solution by infusion


Next Word in the Dictionary: infusiblePrevious Word in the Dictionary: infuscateAll Words Near: infuse
March 27, 2015
quiescent Hear it
Tranquilly at rest or causing no trouble
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears