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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Recent Examples on the Web His campaign advisers have been testing the groundwork for a super PAC as one way to infuse cash into his efforts. Matt Viser, Anchorage Daily News, "Deval Patrick, former governor of Massachusetts, joins Democratic presidential contest," 14 Nov. 2019 Key and Leguizamo, comic talents who are wildly overqualified for this sort of thing, work hard, very hard, to infuse the tired material with laughs. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Playing With Fire': Film Review," 7 Nov. 2019 And Pepsi has introduced a brand called Drinkfinity, which sells pods that attach to reusable bottles to infuse tap water with caffeine, vitamins, or electrolytes in a variety of flavors. Thomas Mulier,, "Coke, Pepsi, and Nestle Plan to Profit From Your Tap Water," 1 Nov. 2019 But McKinley grew disillusioned over recent months as the secretary marginalized career diplomats and seemed to infuse foreign policy with partisan politics. Los Angeles Times, "Those career diplomats reviled by Trump are providing the evidence that could be used to impeach him," 23 Oct. 2019 Saturday night was no exception with a cold open that sent up Thursday night’s CNN Equality Town Hall 2020 — and brought on several beloved faces to infuse the opening sketch with a new energy. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Lin-Manuel Miranda and Billy Porter slay with SNL cold open cameos sending up Democratic debate," 13 Oct. 2019 But there are tricks to infuse those qualities of bolognese cooking into these dishes. CBS News, "Recipes from pasta master Evan Funke," 28 Sep. 2019 Present Company will also offer patrons the chance to infuse CBD to other cocktails or non-alcoholic drinks. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Popular Montrose bar now serving CBD-infused cocktails," 5 Sep. 2019 In response, Florida State hired Houston offensive coordinator Kendal Briles hoping to infuse some life into an offense that ranked 112th in scoring and averaged 22 points per game last season. Scooby Axson,, "Florida State's Promising Opener Turns Into a Nightmare in Loss to Boise State," 31 Aug. 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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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