infect
transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Latin infectus, past participle of inficere, from in- + facere to make, do — more at do Date: 14th century 1. to contaminate with a disease-producing substance or agent (as bacteria) 2. a. to communicate a pathogen or a disease to b. of a pathogenic organism to invade (an individual or organ) usually by penetration c. of a computer virus to become transmitted and copied to (as a computer) 3. a. contaminate, corrupt <
the inflated writing that infects such stories
>
b. to work upon or seize upon so as to induce sympathy, belief, or support <
trying to infect their salespeople with their enthusiasm
>
infector noun

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  • infect — infect, e [ ɛ̃fɛkt ] adj. • XIVe; lat. infectus, p. p. de inficere « imprégner, infecter » 1 ♦ Qui a une odeur, un goût ignoble. ⇒ pestilentiel, putride, répugnant. Charogne infecte. ⇒ pourri. Cloaque, bourbier infect. Odeur infecte. Goût infect …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • infect — infect, ecte (in fèkt , fè kt ; au pluriel masculin, l s ne se lie pas : des lieux in fèkt et malsains) adj. 1°   Qui répand des exhalaisons d une odeur de corruption et malfaisantes. Il est puant et infect. Des eaux infectes. •   Semblables à… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • infect — INFÉCT, Ă, infecţi, te, adj. 1. (Despre mirosuri) Greu, urât, puturos, rău; (despre aer) stricat, viciat, greu. 2. (Despre obiecte) Cu aspect respingător, neîngrijit, murdar, urât, de calitate proastă; rău. 3. (Despre oameni şi manifestările lor) …   Dicționar Român

  • infect — Infect, Infecte. Puant, gasté, corrompu, qui est infect. Il a l haleine si infecte. il est puant & infect. un lieu infect. l air infect …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Infect — In*fect , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Infected}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Infecting}.] [L. infectus, p. p. of inficere to put or dip into, to stain, infect; pref. in in + facere to make; cf. F. infecter. See {Fact}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To taint with morbid… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Infect — In*fect , a. [L. infectus: cf. F. infect. See {Infect}, v. t.] Infected. Cf. {Enfect}. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • infect — in‧fect [ɪnˈfekt] verb [transitive] COMPUTING if a computer virus (= a program put secretly into your computer ) infects your computer, the programs on the computer stop working properly: • Once write protected, a disk can t be infected by a… …   Financial and business terms

  • infect — I verb adulterate, befoul, besmirch, blight, canker, cause illness, contaminare, contaminate, corrupt, debase, defile, dirty, empoison, envenom, foul, harm, impair, make ill, make impure, pervert, poison, pollute, putrefy, render unclean, smirch …   Law dictionary

  • infect — INFECT: Doit se dire de toute œuvre artistique ou littéraire que le Figaro n a pas permis d admirer …   Dictionnaire des idées reçues

  • infect — (v.) late 14c., from L. infectus, pp. of inficere to spoil, stain, lit. to put in to, dip into, from in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + facere perform (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). Related: Infected; infecting …   Etymology dictionary

  • infect — [v] pollute, contaminate affect, blight, corrupt, defile, disease, influence, poison, spoil, spread among, spread to, taint, touch, vitiate; concepts 143,246 …   New thesaurus

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