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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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 The store, which sells Bohemian-infused contemporary women's clothing, shoes and accessories, leased 1,000 square feet in Market at Houston Heights. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Upcoming Heights retail center lands women's boutique," 11 Nov. 2019 Inside the bag — emblazoned with a logo featuring the San Gabriel mountains — was tea infused with Cannabidiol, or CBD, which is not the non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis plants. Lila Seidman, Glendale News-Press, "Local ‘witch doctor’ aims to cure what ails you at his Montrose CBD store," 27 Sep. 2019 Try Tinker Taco Lab, a creekside taqueria, or Silvia, a hot spot for upscale comfort food infused with Korean flavors. Amy Tara Koch, Dallas News, "These four mountain getaways are worth a peak," 13 Aug. 2019 As old-fashioned as the story might be, Lala both honors the Busby Berkeley-era look while infusing it with all the pizazz of a modern Broadway spectacle., "Summer Lyric presents tap-happy love song to Broadway with ‘42nd Street’," 19 June 2019 At the former’s co-working space WeWork, employees are provided water that is cooled and infused with fruits in the summer. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Indian startups are helping their staff stay cool as temperatures hit record highs," 17 June 2019 The repertoire of Hot Club of Cowtown is infused with buoyant optimism. kansascity, "KC concerts June 6-12: Luis Miguel, Billie Eilish, Sublime with Rome, Snarky Puppy," 4 June 2019 The show, directed by Andy Nyman and Andrew O'Connor, who co-wrote the material with Brown, is infused with a theatrical polish that makes its substantial running time fly by. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Derren Brown: Secret': Theater Review," 16 Sep. 2019 The entirety of Fear Inoculum, Tool's first album in 13 years, infuses Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart dated Sept. 14, led by the title track at No. Kevin Rutherford, Billboard, "Every Song From Tool's 'Fear Inoculum' Album Hits the Hot Rock Songs Chart," 12 Sep. 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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17 Nov 2019

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“Infuse.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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How to pronounce infuse (audio)

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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