transitive verb suf·fuse \sə-ˈfyüz\

: to spread over or fill (something)


Full Definition of SUFFUSE

:  to spread over or through in the manner of fluid or light :  flush, fill <the northern horizon was suffused with a deep red glow — P. M. Leschak>
suf·fu·sion \-ˈfyü-zhən\ noun
suf·fu·sive \-ˈfyü-siv, -ziv\ adjective

Examples of SUFFUSE

  1. Morning light suffused the room.
  2. <she was suffused with an overwhelming feeling of liberation as her horse broke into a gallop>

Origin of SUFFUSE

Latin suffusus, past participle of suffundere, literally, to pour beneath, from sub- + fundere to pour — more at found
First Known Use: 1590


transitive verb suf·fuse \sə-ˈfyüz\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SUFFUSE

:  to flush or spread over or through in the manner of a fluid and especially blood


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