Meaning of INFUSE in English


ə̇nˈfyüz verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English infusen, enfusen, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French infuser, from Latin infusus, past participle of infundere to pour in, from in- in- (II) + fundere to pour — more at found

transitive verb

1. obsolete : to pour (a liquid) into something


a. : to instill or inculcate a principle or quality in

attributes the fine spirit of the whole project to the self-respect with which men had been infused — Dixon Wecter

b. : introduce , insinuate , suggest

infuse an idea

infuse a belief

infused an aviation curriculum into some forty university departments — Phil Gustafson

3. : inspire , imbue , animate , fill

brought together the main ideas … and infused them with the conception that the universe was the product of a historical development — S.F.Mason

infused only with her passion for her child — Ethel Wilson

4. : to steep in water or other fluid without boiling for the purpose of extracting useful qualities : drench

infuse tea leaves

intransitive verb

: to undergo the process of infusion

letting the tea stand a few minutes to infuse — Flora Thompson


suffuse , imbue , ingrain , inoculate , leaven : infuse implies the introducing into one thing of a second that gives life, vigor, or new significance

infusing life into an inanimate body — Mary W. Shelley

the extraordinary force which Lawrence's imagination infused into his prose — Times Literary Supplement

whose work is for the most part infused with the spirit of scientific materialism — L.A.White

it infused into them the feeling that they were not at the mercy of blind economic forces — A.R.Williams

suffuse implies the spreading over or through one thing of a second that gives the first thing an unusual color, aspect, texture, or quality

I felt a large, healthy blush suffuse my features — L.P.Smith

the western sky was suffused with the transparent yellow-green of August evenings — Ellen Glasgow

an exalted feeling of martyrdom well earned suffused the exiles — E.J.Simmons

the novel was suffused with a feeling for water and air, with sunlight hot and shifting — Leo Gurko

imbue implies the introduction into a person or thing of something that completely permeates

imbued so strongly with a sense of duty and obedience — Hanama Tasaki

imbued with a dynamic faith — American Guide Series: Minnesota

imbue the army with a national spirit — Hajo Holborn

the mind becomes imbued with the scientific method — J.B.Conant

ingrain implies a pervading of something with an irremovable dye or something suggesting such a dye

morality ingrained in the national character — J.A.Froude

the principle of serfdom was ingrained in medieval society — G.G.Coulton

her instinctive humility and good manners were too deeply ingrained — Helen Howe

this idea of equality was ingrained in the New York cabdriver — D.F.Karaka

inoculate , in this extended sense, implies an imbuing of a person with something resembling a disease germ, often suggesting a surreptitious means

those who believe that the great mass of the people are unreasoning beasts that must be controlled by inoculating them with myths or fictions — M.R.Cohen

the democratic leveling had helped to inoculate the public with the idea of free schools disassociated from charity — American Guide Series: Virginia

third-rate southerners inoculated with all the worst traits of the Yankee sharper — H.L.Mencken

leaven implies a transforming of something by introducing into it something else which enlivens, elevates, tempers, or markedly alters the total quality, usually for the better

leaven the dense mass of facts and events with the elastic force of reason — J.H.Newman

there was need of idealism to leaven the materialistic realism of the times — V.L.Parrington

knowledge … must be leavened with magnanimity before it becomes wisdom — A.E.Stevenson b. 1900

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