suf·​fuse | \ sə-ˈfyüz How to pronounce suffuse (audio) \
suffused; suffusing

Definition of suffuse

transitive verb

: to spread over or through in the manner of fluid or light : flush, fill the northern horizon was suffused with a deep red glow— P. M. Leschak

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Other Words from suffuse

suffusion \ sə-​ˈfyü-​zhən How to pronounce suffusion (audio) \ noun
suffusive \ sə-​ˈfyü-​siv How to pronounce suffusive (audio) , -​ziv \ adjective

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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

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If you are cold or embarrassed, your cheeks may become suffused with a red glow, as though coated on one side with paint. This is reflected in the word’s etymology. Suffuse derives from Latin suffundere, meaning "to pour beneath," a blend of the prefix sub- ("under") and fundere ("to pour"). Other verbs related to fundere continue the theme of pouring or spreading: diffuse ("to pour out and spread freely"), effuse ("to pour or flow out"), transfuse ("to cause to pass from one to another"), and the verb fuse itself when it's used to mean "to meld or join."

Examples of suffuse in a Sentence

Morning light suffused the room. she was suffused with an overwhelming feeling of liberation as her horse broke into a gallop
Recent Examples on the Web This view has suffused the liberal feminist mainstream. Liza Featherstone, The New Republic, "Moving Beyond Misogyny," 4 Nov. 2019 In an era this suffused with anxiety and a city this agitating, that means everything to me. New York Times, "Where Should You Eat in New York? Go to These Favorite Spots," 26 Sep. 2019 Forni’s social media feeds are suffused with years of lavish celebrations, including his extravagant wedding at the Vatican. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive, "Controversial Portland marijuana firm hires president with his own baggage," 21 Sep. 2019 When a water droplet suffuses a napkin, for example, the advance of the water’s edge depends on the current edge, as well as on noise: erratic factors like temperature variations and the creases and curves of the napkin. Quanta Magazine, "In Noisy Equations, One Who Heard Music," 12 Aug. 2014 Our particular network was good at classifying different breeds of dogs, so the video became unusually suffused by dog presences. Anil K. Seth, Scientific American, "The Neuroscience of Reality," 27 Aug. 2019 His last two movies, The Comedy and Entertainment, each starred an alternative comedian (Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington, respectively) playing a misanthrope bumbling his way through life; both films were bleak stories suffused by frosty dread. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Mountain Is a Strange and Alienating Satire," 28 July 2019 Nationalism is an obscenity to the Left, and socialism is anathema for the Right, but a nationalizing or centralizing spirit suffuses both sides. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Neither Left nor Right Has Proper Remedy for America’s Illness," 7 Aug. 2019 Death suffuses season 2; funeral scenes are almost as common as ball sequences. Judy Berman, Time, "In Pose's Breathtaking Second Season, the Category Is Righteous Fury," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of suffuse

1590, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for suffuse

borrowed from Latin suffūsus, past participle of suffundere "to pour on or in (as an addition), cause (a liquid, color, light) to well up or rise to the surface, fill with a liquid, color or light that wells up from below," from suf-, assimilated form of sub- sub- + fundere "to pour, shed, cast, send forth, disperse" — more at found entry 5

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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of suffuse was in 1590

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English Language Learners Definition of suffuse

literary : to spread over or fill (something)
suf·​fuse | \ sə-ˈfyüz How to pronounce suffuse (audio) \
suffused; suffusing

Medical Definition of suffuse

: to flush or spread over or through in the manner of a fluid and especially blood

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