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[in-fyooz] /ɪnˈfyuz/
verb (used with object), infused, infusing.
to introduce, as if by pouring; cause to penetrate; instill (usually followed by into):
The energetic new principal infused new life into the school.
to imbue or inspire (usually followed by with):
The new coach infused the team with enthusiasm.
to steep or soak (leaves, bark, roots, etc.) in a liquid so as to extract the soluble properties or ingredients.
Obsolete. to pour in.
verb (used without object), infused, infusing.
to undergo infusion; become infused:
Leave the solution to infuse overnight.
Origin of infuse
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin infūsus past participle of infundere to pour into. See in-2, fuse2
Related forms
infuser, noun
reinfuse, verb (used with object), reinfused, reinfusing.
superinfuse, verb (used with object), superinfused, superinfusing.
uninfused, adjective
uninfusing, adjective
1. ingrain; inculcate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for infuse
  • Soak the rinds of your citrus fruits in water for several days to infuse the scent in the water.
  • infuse is widely used in civilian hospitals and trauma centers around the country for spinal surgeries and to treat broken bones.
  • Colleges need to infuse other disciplines with science and engineering skills.
  • Hydrothermal vents on the planet's seafloor may infuse the alien ocean with chemical energy sources.
  • One method is to infuse fat-skimmed chicken broth with the essence of zingy ginger, aromatic thyme, and mellow mushrooms.
  • Asymptote will infuse the museum with the latest technologies.
  • The brown rice is cooked in vegetable broth to infuse it with more flavor.
  • Artists also infuse into the scientific parts the poetry, as it were.
  • Outdoor grilling doesn't have to infuse food with cancerous chemicals.
  • So the art will appear larger than life while the actors will infuse the characters with life.
British Dictionary definitions for infuse


(transitive) often foll by into. to instil or inculcate
(transitive) foll by with. to inspire; emotionally charge
to soak or be soaked in order to extract flavour or other properties
(rare) (foll by into) to pour
Word Origin
C15: from Latin infundere to pour into
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Word Origin and History for infuse

early 15c., "to pour in, introduce, soak," from Latin infusus, past participle of infundere "to pour into," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + fundere "pour, spread" (see found (v.2)). Figurative sense of "instill, inspire" first recorded 1520s (infusion in this sense dates from mid-15c.). Related: Infused; infusing.

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infuse in Medicine

infuse in·fuse (ĭn-fyoōz')
v. in·fused, in·fus·ing, in·fus·es

  1. To steep or soak without boiling in order to extract soluble elements or active principles.

  2. To introduce a solution into the body through a vein for therapeutic purposes.

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