effuse

1 of 2

verb

ef·​fuse i-ˈfyüz How to pronounce effuse (audio)
e-
effused; effusing

transitive verb

: to pour out (a liquid)

intransitive verb

1
: to flow out : emanate
2
: to make a great or excessive display of enthusiasm
they effused about his accomplishments

effuse

2 of 2

adjective

ef·​fuse i-ˈfyüs How to pronounce effuse (audio)
e-
: diffuse
specifically : spread out flat without definite form
effuse lichens

Example Sentences

Verb pundits who should have known better effused endlessly about this idealistic but naive senator
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
In the weeks before the appearance of those lava-effusing fissures on its eastern flanks, the volcano had been inflating. Robin George Andrews, New York Times, 22 Apr. 2020 The Eritrean leader also effused about the new era of friendly relations between the two countries. Elias Meseret, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 July 2018 Senate President Peter Courtney, a Democrat, also effused about lawmakers' productivity. Gordon R. Friedman, OregonLive.com, 3 Mar. 2018 In the days after Silvers’s death, dozens of writers effused on the magazine’s website and elsewhere. John Williams, New York Times, 9 Sep. 2017 And Wenger effused over Sanchez's second-half display, while complimenting the impact of Kolasinac after the break. SI.com, 15 Sep. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

borrowed from Latin effūsus, past participle of effundere "to pour out, discharge, expend," from ef- ex- entry 1 + fundere "to pour, shed" — more at found entry 5

Adjective

borrowed from Latin effūsus — more at effuse entry 1

First Known Use

Verb

1526, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Adjective

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of effuse was in 1526

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Cite this Entry

“Effuse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effuse. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

effuse

adjective

ef·​fuse i-ˈfyüs, e- How to pronounce effuse (audio)
: spread out flat without definite form
an effuse colony of bacteria
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