in·​fuse | \in-ˈfyüz \
infused; infusing

Definition of infuse 

transitive verb

1a : to cause to be permeated with something (such as a principle or quality) that alters usually for the better infuse the team with confidence

b : introduce, insinuate a new spirit was infused into American artAmer. Guide Series: N. Y.

2 : inspire, animate the sense of purpose that infuses scientific research

3 : to steep in liquid (such as water) without boiling so as to extract the soluble constituents or principles

4 : to administer or inject by infusion stem cells were infused into the patient

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Other Words from infuse

infuser noun

Choose the Right Synonym for infuse

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

Examples of infuse in a Sentence

She has infused her followers with confidence. He has found ways to infuse new energy into his performances. She has infused confidence into her followers. His work is infused with anger. The tea should be allowed to infuse for several minutes. You should infuse the tea for several minutes.
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But each year at ground zero, victims' relatives infuse the ceremony with personal messages of remembrance, inspiration and concern. Jennifer Peltz And Karen Matthews, Fox News, "US marks 9/11 with somber tributes; Trump speaks at PA site," 12 Sep. 2018 And both macOS Mojave and iOS 12 infuse Apple News stories and other Apple services into new apps and parts of the user experience. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple’s September 12, 2018 event: What we expect to be “gathering round” for," 9 Sep. 2018 Companies like Trident have already bravely infused memory sticks with glowing lights going as far back as 2016. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Gigabyte will sell you fake color-changing RAM," 5 June 2018 Staff at the facility can infuse ozone into the water supply in an attempt to destroy microorganisms and degrade organic pollutants, such as cyanotoxins. Molly Harbarger,, "Wilsonville water safe to drink after found free of cyanotoxins," 4 June 2018 The club already is infusing the major league club with young talent. Peter Schmuck,, "Schmuck: Orioles have played one-third of season and still seem to have no idea where they're headed," 30 May 2018 Many of the concoctions feature tequila (or, in some cases, mezcal or even vodka) infused with everything from cantaloupe to spicy peppers. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Where to Find the Most Remarkable Margaritas in San Antonio," 19 Oct. 2018 At Barr, the restaurant now housed in Noma’s old space where René Redzepi is also a partner, Assistant Manager Johan Blasberg is in charge of the beverage program, which includes infusing Snaps with seasonal ingredients. Laura Itzkowitz, Vogue, "How Local Nordic Ingredients Are Transforming Copenhagen's Cocktail Scene," 15 Oct. 2018 But for Hailey Baldwin, this is not one of those times, because the 21-year-old model just revealed that her beloved face cream not only costs a whopping $1,400, but is infused with her own blood. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Hailey Baldwin Uses a Face Moisturizer Filled With Her Own Blood," 17 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of infuse

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for infuse

Middle English, to pour in, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French infuser, from Latin infusus, past participle of infundere to pour in, from in- + fundere to pour — more at found

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English Language Learners Definition of infuse

: to cause (a person or thing) to be filled with something (such as a quality)

: to cause (something, such as a quality) to be added or introduced into a person or thing

: to allow something (such as tea or herbs) to stay in a liquid (such as hot water) in order to flavor the liquid


in·​fuse | \in-ˈfyüz \
infused; infusing

Kids Definition of infuse

1 : to put in as if by pouring The leader infused spirit into the group.

2 : to steep without boiling infuse tea leaves

Other Words from infuse

infusion \in-​ˈfyü-​zhən \ noun


in·​fuse | \in-ˈfyüz \
infused; infusing

Medical Definition of infuse 

transitive verb

1 : to steep in liquid (as water) without boiling so as to extract the soluble constituents or principles

2 : to administer or inject by infusion especially intravenously infuse the blood with glucose infuse a solution of lactate

intransitive verb

: to administer a solution by infusion

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