infuse

verb
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

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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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Small breweries, wineries and a distillery produce locally made beers, ciders, wines and spirits often infused with local cherries and other fruits. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Keys to Door County: food, hikes and spectacular sunsets," 14 Sep. 2019 Sausage helps infuse the cooked greens with flavor. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "How to pick, prep and cook leafy greens — a nutritional (and delicious) powerhouse," 13 Sep. 2019 In the tropics, there are even spiders in the Nephila genus that infuse their silks with carotenoids, which, when the sun hits them, makes the webs seem as if they were dipped in liquid gold. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "How spider silk is one of the most versatile materials on Earth," 12 Sep. 2019 But if the techno-optimism that infused the 1990s and 2000s now looks naive, the techno-pessimism that is fashionable today can be similarly overdone. The Economist, "The Internet of Things will bring the internet’s business model into the rest of the world," 12 Sep. 2019 Consider that Lim, who was born in Malaysia and is of Chinese descent, was brought in to rewrite and infuse Chiarelli's—a white man's—original Crazy Rich Asians script with authenticity and perspective. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "The Crazy Rich Asians Pay Scandal Is Yet Another Example of Hollywood's Sexism," 10 Sep. 2019 His Alamo Dust rub works great with pork and poultry, infusing a crimson color into the meat that brings both a sweet and savory flavor. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "10 San Antonio-made seasoning mixes to add to your barbecue game," 9 Sep. 2019 For nearly seven years, Quartz has been obsessed with how technology infuses our lives, from Machines with Brains (algorithms and robots) to Glass (screens) to Powering Up (big tech innovation and privacy). Kevin J. Delaney, Quartz, "Quartz will use audience and AI to investigate online political influence," 9 Sep. 2019 But like any modern society around the world, contemporary dance is, more broadly, about taking risks and infusing codified dance forms with an array of cultural influences. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, "For Hema Rajagopalan of Natya Dance, Indian dance is contemporary dance," 6 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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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 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

infuse

verb
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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