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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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of suffuse

suffused

suffusing

  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>

suffusion

play \-ˈfyü-zhən\ noun

suffusive

play \-ˈfyü-siv, -ziv\ adjective

Examples of suffuse in a sentence

  1. Morning light suffused the room.

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



Did You Know?

If you are cold or embarrassed, your cheeks may become suffused with a red glow, as though coated on one side with paint. This is reflected in the word’s etymology. Suffuse derives from Latin suffundere, meaning "to pour beneath," a blend of the prefix sub- ("under") and fundere ("to pour"). Other verbs related to fundere continue the theme of pouring or spreading: diffuse ("to pour out and spread freely"), effuse ("to pour or flow out"), transfuse ("to cause to pass from one to another"), and the verb fuse itself when it's used to mean "to meld or join."

Origin and Etymology 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

suffused

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suffusing

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





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