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effuse

verb ef·fuse \ i-ˈfyüz , e- \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of effuse

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

Examples of effuse in a Sentence

  1. pundits who should have known better effused endlessly about this idealistic but naive senator

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Origin and Etymology of effuse

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

effuse Synonyms

Synonyms
drool, gush, enthuse, fuss, rave, rhapsodize, slobber
Related Words
dote (on), fawn; emote

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effuse

adjective ef·fuse \ i-ˈfyüs , e- \

Definition of effuse

: diffuse; specifically : spread out flat without definite form
  • effuse lichens

Origin and Etymology of effuse

borrowed from Latin effūsus — more at 1effuse


Medical Dictionary

effuse

adjective ef·fuse \ i-ˈfyüs, e- \

medical Definition of effuse

: spread out flat without definite form
  • an effuse colony of bacteria


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