in·​fuse | \ in-ˈfyüz How to pronounce infuse (audio) \
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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Read on to discover the decorating styles, colors, and other characteristics most closely associated with happy, restful homes—and learn how to infuse some more joy into your own space. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Oct. 2021 The goal of the course was to infuse problem sets on policy dilemmas and philosophical debates with the brass tacks of coding. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 18 Oct. 2021 The secret, if it can even be called that, is to infuse our workplace systems—and humanity itself—with happiness. Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 That insight, and his invitation to consumers to infuse his clothes with their own audacious style, accounts for Kors’s remarkable 40-year run in a capricious industry. Linda Wells, Town & Country, 24 Sep. 2021 The doctor’s healing impulse — his desire to infuse meaning into the brutal, while maintaining awareness of reality — serves as the novel’s intention as well. Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2021 Rendered in unassuming black-and-white, Ulman and cinematographer Carlos Rigoa infuse the small-scale piece with a marvelous sense of place. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 1 Oct. 2021 Black-centric charters, meanwhile, which infuse Black history and culture throughout the curriculum, are also increasingly popular. Jennifer C. Berkshire, The New Republic, 10 Sep. 2021 Lyman transfer Gabriella Pagan, a standout libero, and Amina N’Diaye, the freshman sister of Laila, came aboard to infuse more talent. Buddy Collings,, 14 Sep. 2021

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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 How to pronounce infuse (audio) \
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 How to pronounce infuse (audio) \
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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