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

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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Recent Examples on the Web The Polish company Polyend has collaborated with a trio of electronic music artists to infuse its audio creation hardware with blasts of color. Boone Ashworth, Wired, "Crush the Dance Floor With These Colorful Retro Beat Machines," 19 Apr. 2021 Even off-duty Beyoncé likes to infuse her outfits with drama, and her version of double-denim was an enticing mix of statement pieces. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Beyoncé Does Double Denim the Diva Way," 1 Apr. 2021 That release came from two barrels, with a total of 42 months of secondary maturation to really infuse the whiskey with flavor. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, "The 11 Best Cask-Finished American Whiskeys to Drink Right Now," 23 Mar. 2021 Those elements were developed out of wanting to infuse the movie with the visual vocabulary of the Epstein stuff. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, "What Jeffrey Epstein did was vile. Why Dasha Nekrasova made a horror movie about it," 2 Mar. 2021 My colleague Nellie Bowles wrote this week about the ways that working through screens has started to infuse office culture with the worst elements of aggressive internet conversations. Shira Ovide, New York Times, "What is a Blockchain? Is It Hype?," 26 Jan. 2021 Fresh or dried herbs can work as a garnish sprinkled on top or be used to infuse milk or cream with extra flavor. Washington Post, "Potatoes aren’t the only vegetables you should be mashing," 20 Jan. 2021 And, upon taking office, Biden signed a flurry of climate executive orders and promised to infuse the issue to everything the administration does—a signal to the world that the U.S. might lead once again. Justin Worland, Time, "Biden’s Climate Summit Launches the World Into a Climate Sprint," 23 Apr. 2021 There has to be a way to still infuse my emotions and my feelings and my reactions to things without destroying myself. Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone, "Amigo the Devil on How Tom Waits, Serial Killers and Bingo All Figure Into His New Album," 16 Apr. 2021

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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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11 May 2021

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“Infuse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infuse. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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