infuse

verb in·fuse \ in-ˈfyüz \

Definition of infuse

infused; infusing
transitive verb
1 a :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 art
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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

infuser

noun

Examples of infuse in a Sentence

  1. She has infused her followers with confidence.

  2. He has found ways to infuse new energy into his performances.

  3. She has infused confidence into her followers.

  4. His work is infused with anger.

  5. The tea should be allowed to infuse for several minutes.

  6. You should infuse the tea for several minutes.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

Synonym Discussion of 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

INFUSE Defined for Kids

infuse

verb in·fuse \ in-ˈfyüz \

Definition of infuse for Students

infused; infusing
1 :to put in as if by pouring
  • The leader infused spirit into the group.
2 :to steep without boiling
  • infuse tea leaves

infusion

\in-ˈfyü-zhən\ noun

Medical Dictionary

infuse

verb in·fuse \ in-ˈfyüz \

medical Definition of infuse

infused; infusing
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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