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[suh-fyooz] /səˈfyuz/
verb (used with object), suffused, suffusing.
to overspread with or as with a liquid, color, etc.
Origin of suffuse
1580-90; < Latin suffūsus (past participle of suffundere). See suf-, fuse2
Related forms
[suh-fyoozd-lee, -fyoo-zid-] /səˈfyuzd li, -ˈfyu zɪd-/ (Show IPA),
[suh-fyoo-zhuh n] /səˈfyu ʒən/ (Show IPA),
[suh-fyoo-siv] /səˈfyu sɪv/ (Show IPA),
unsuffused, adjective
unsuffusive, adjective
cover, pervade, diffuse, bathe, flood. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for suffuse
  • Olive oil, onion, garlic and tomato round out the flavors that suffuse the chicken.
  • Indeed, she pays specific homage to the shades whose style and concerns suffuse her prose.
  • Chemicals that suffuse life are building up in our bodies.
  • Such environmental concerns, in fact, suffuse nearly all the museum's displays.
  • The risk of overlapping talent lineups means that each promoter must try to suffuse his event with a distinct flair.
  • Together they give the show buoyancy and suffuse it with optimism.
  • Some kinds of light, however, have had enough time to suffuse space.
  • Moonlight, dawn light and fog-filtered daylight suffuse this anthology, illuminating scenes of delicate natural beauty.
  • It is clear that you have a firm grip on tensions that suffuse the entire community.
British Dictionary definitions for suffuse


(transitive; usually passive) to spread or flood through or over (something): the evening sky was suffused with red
Derived Forms
suffusion (səˈfjuːʒən) noun
suffusive, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin suffūsus overspread with, from suffundere, from sub- + fundere to pour
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Word Origin and History for suffuse

1580s, from Latin suffusus, past participle of suffundere (see suffusion). Related: Suffused; suffusing.

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