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

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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With the closing of Namkeen, the duo’s South Indian food stall at Zeppelin Station, earlier this year, Spuntino has also benefitted from Reddy infusing more of her Indian heritage and bold family recipes into the menu. Daliah Singer, The Know, "Restaurant review: At Spuntino, a meal is something to be savored and shared," 10 July 2019 Cocktails infusing local spirits are also available. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Where there’s smoke, there are barbecue restaurants. Here are 10 new ones.," 4 July 2019 Here's what to expect: Military Show Trump, who has advocated for a military parade, has infused the July 4th celebration with a strong Pentagon presence. Jason Lalljee, USA TODAY, "What to expect at the Washington DC 4th of July: Army tanks, a burning flag and Baby Trump," 1 July 2019 Willful Mars makes his way into passionate Leo on Monday, infusing a new dignified manner into our actions. Venus Australis,, "Your Horoscope This Week," 30 June 2019 Nelson infused beautiful guitar licks across much of his hour-long closing set, matched by little sister Bobbie's swinging saloon piano and Mickey Raphael's sweet harmonica fills, and contrasted by Nelson's signature plain-spoken delivery. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "7 takeaways from Willie Nelson's Outlaw Music Festival at Summerfest," 28 June 2019 Johansson helped fuel the Bruins’ postseason run, infusing depth from the third line for a team that had struggled with secondary scoring. The Si Staff,, "Top 20 Unrestricted Free Agents Available in 2019 NHL Offseason," 27 June 2019 Made specifically for curly and Afro-textured hair, but great for all hair types, Charlotte Mensah’s Manketti Hair Oil infuses Manketti oil with Ximenia oil to make hair soft and weightless while moisturizing and hydrating. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Charlotte Mensah Has Found The Next Miracle Beauty Ingredient, And She’s Sharing," 26 June 2019 Everything in this Slideshow Kevin Costner's role call Kevin Costner has been a major presence in Hollywood for four decades now, infusing everything from baseball movies to Westerns to romances with his all-American charm. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Kevin Costner reflects on his biggest roles, from Field of Dreams to Yellowstone," 24 June 2019

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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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