infuse

verb
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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Consumer Reports also recommends marking an area with mouse-deterrent tape that’s infused with capsicum, the substance that makes peppers spicy. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Paul Ryan says woodchucks 'ate' his SUV -- and he's not alone," 13 July 2018 Join us for an out of this World Latin culture infused festival, August 11&12 at Union Park, Chicago-- Get your tickets now at LOF18.com, link in bio! Jessica Roiz, Billboard, "Maluma to Headline First-Ever Lift Off Music Festival in Chicago," 11 July 2018 These aren’t casual cooks slinging breezy cookout food for kicks; this is an elite team of culinary virtuosos infusing hours of focused energy and painstaking process into every bite. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 In fact, in ancient Japan, archers practiced the ritual of Kyudo, which infused the sport with Zen philosophies to achieve enlightenment. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "From Trampoline Classes to Jump Roping, 6 Throwback Workouts That Don’t Feel Like Exercise," 20 June 2018 The dining area is pleasantly infused with shades of blue; the sushi bar is adorned with bright-colored, artificial flowers. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Miku Sushi and Steakhouse a pleasant haven in Cockeysville," 12 July 2018 This is not the first time Compartés has tried appealing to millennials – the gourmet chocolatier also has a pink chocolate option that is infused with French rosé wine and topped with rose petals. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Avocado toast has been turned into a chocolate bar by gourmet chocolatier," 11 July 2018 It's made with an Angry Orchard rosé cider base which then gets infused with pineapple juice and hibiscus. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "This Summer's Biggest Boozy Trend Just Got Its Own Ice Cream Flavor," 10 July 2018 And each show is infused with a radiant empathy for its beleaguered heroine that approaches religious dimensions. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Women Set London’s Stages Ablaze," 9 July 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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infuse

verb

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

infuse

verb
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

infuse

verb
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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