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infuse

[in-fyooz] /ɪnˈfyuz/
verb (used with object), infused, infusing.
1.
to introduce, as if by pouring; cause to penetrate; instill (usually followed by into):
The energetic new principal infused new life into the school.
2.
to imbue or inspire (usually followed by with):
The new coach infused the team with enthusiasm.
3.
to steep or soak (leaves, bark, roots, etc.) in a liquid so as to extract the soluble properties or ingredients.
4.
Obsolete. to pour in.
verb (used without object), infused, infusing.
5.
to undergo infusion; become infused:
Leave the solution to infuse overnight.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
Synonyms
1. ingrain; inculcate.
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  • 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

infuse

/ɪnˈfjuːz/
verb
1.
(transitive) often foll by into. to instil or inculcate
2.
(transitive) foll by with. to inspire; emotionally charge
3.
to soak or be soaked in order to extract flavour or other properties
4.
(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
v.

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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