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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
Did You Know?
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."
Origin and Etymology of suffuse
Latin suffusus, past participle of suffundere, literally, to pour beneath, from sub- + fundere to pour — more at found
First Known Use: 1590
Synonym Discussion of suffuse
SUFFUSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of suffuse for English Language Learners
: to spread over or fill (something)
Medical Definition of suffuse
: to flush or spread over or through in the manner of a fluid and especially blood
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