infuse
transitive verb (infused; infusing) Etymology: Middle English, to pour in, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French infuser, from Latin infusus, past participle of infundere to pour in, from in- + fundere to pour — more at found Date: 1526 1. a. to cause to be permeated with something (as a principle or quality) that alters usually for the better <
infuse the team with confidence
>
b. introduce, insinuate <
a new spirit was infused into American art — American Guide Series: New York
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2. inspire, animate <
the sense of purpose that infuses scientific research
>
3. to steep in liquid (as water) without boiling so as to extract the soluble constituents or principles 4. to administer or inject by infusion <
stem cells were infuseed into the patient
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infuser noun Synonyms: infuse, suffuse, imbue, ingrain, inoculate, leaven mean to introduce one thing into another so as to affect it throughout. infuse implies a pouring in of something that gives new life or significance <
new members infused enthusiasm into the club
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. suffuse implies a spreading through of something that gives an unusual color or quality <
a room suffused with light
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. imbue implies the introduction of a quality that fills and permeates the whole being <
imbue students with intellectual curiosity
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. ingrain, used only in the passive or past participle, suggests the deep implanting of a quality or trait <
clung to ingrained habits
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. inoculate implies an imbuing or implanting with a germinal idea and often suggests stealth or subtlety <
an electorate inoculated with dangerous ideas
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. leaven implies introducing something that enlivens, tempers, or markedly alters the total quality <
a serious play leavened with comic moments
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • infusé — ● infuse adjectif féminin (latin infusus, de infundere, répandre) Avoir la science infuse, prétendre savoir quelque chose sans avoir besoin d étudier. ● infuse (expressions) adjectif féminin (latin infusus, de infundere, répandre) Avoir la… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • infuse — infuse, suffuse, imbue, ingrain, inoculate, leaven mean to introduce one thing into another so as to affect it throughout. Infuse implies a permeating like that of infiltering fluid, usually of something which imbues the recipient with new spirit …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Infuse — In*fuse , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Infused}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Infusing}.] [L. infusus, p. p. of infundere to pour in or into; pref. in in + fundere to pour: cf. F. infuser. See {Found} to cast.] 1. To pour in, as a liquid; to pour (into or upon); to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • infusé — infusé, ée (in fu zé, zée) part. passé d infuser. 1°   Qu on a fait pénétrer sous forme liquide. Une liqueur infusée dans les veines.    Qui a trempé dans un liquide. De la camomille infusée dans de l eau. •   Plusieurs perles d un prix infini… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Infuse — In*fuse, n. Infusion. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • infuse — I verb imbrue, imbue, implant, impregnate, inculcate, incutere, infundere, ingrain, inicere, inject, insert, inspire, inspirit, instill, introduce II index denature, develop …   Law dictionary

  • infuse — (v.) early 15c., to pour in, introduce, soak, from L. infusus, pp. of infundere to pour into, from in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + fundere pour, spread (see FOUND (Cf. found) (2)). Figurative sense of instill, inspire first recorded 1520s (inf …   Etymology dictionary

  • infuse — [v] introduce; soak animate, breathe into, imbue, impart, implant, impregnate, inculcate, indoctrinate, ingrain, inoculate, inspire, instill, intersperse, invest, leaven, permeate, pervade, plant, saturate, steep, suffuse; concepts 140,179,187 …   New thesaurus

  • infusé — Infusé, [infus]ée. part …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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