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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Millay’s genius lay in her ability to infuse old poetic forms with a savvy modern voice. Maggie Doherty, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 If the sitcom's walking disaster of a romantic lead still charms millions of fans despite his curmudgeonly, manic energy, that all comes down to Johnson's ability to infuse heart into a man who, on paper, should be deeply unlikable. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 17 Mar. 2022 Place in the fridge and leave to infuse for 4 to 12 hours. Amelia Goe, The Arizona Republic, 20 Nov. 2021 Williams’ ability to infuse a violent offender with tenderness and pathos cemented his status as a beloved actor, as did his sensitive portrayal of an openly gay man. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2021 Allow to infuse for a few weeks, shaking every other day or so. Ozoz Sokoh, Bon Appétit, 14 May 2021 At least two moms in our Rolodex are after wellness presents that infuse a sense of luxury into their busy routines. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Apr. 2022 Another tenet of the SFA shorts menu is to infuse the dinner with a touch of whimsy. Lyndsay C. Green, Detroit Free Press, 26 Apr. 2022 Blitz them into a dressing or sauce, use to infuse herbal flavors, or chop finely into this salad for a little crunch. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of infuse

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for infuse

Middle English infusen (usually in past participle enfusid, infused) "to pour in, introduce, soak," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French enfuser (in past participle enfusé) "to steep," borrowed from Latin infūsus, past participle of infundere "to pour in, instill, cause to fall or stream," from in- in- entry 2 + fundere "to pour, shed, cast, send forth, disperse" — more at found entry 5

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23 May 2022

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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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