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suffuse

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transitive verb suf·fuse \sə-ˈfyüz\

Simple Definition of suffuse

  • : to spread over or fill (something)

Full Definition of suffuse

suf·fusedsuf·fus·ing

  1. :  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 play \-ˈfyü-zhən\ noun
suf·fu·sive play \-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

Synonym Discussion of suffuse

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>.

Medical Dictionary

suffuse

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transitive verb suf·fuse \sə-ˈfyüz\

Medical Definition of suffuse

suf·fusedsuf·fus·ing

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





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