from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To inhabit or overrun in numbers or quantities large enough to be harmful, threatening, or obnoxious: rats infesting the sewers; streets that were infested with drugs.
- transitive v. To live as a parasite in or on: livestock that were infested with tapeworms.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to be mischievous; to be hurtful; to be harassing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Mischievous; hurtful; harassing.
- transitive v. To trouble greatly by numbers or by frequency of presence; to disturb; to annoy; to frequent and molest or harass
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Hostile; hurtful; mischievous; harassing; troublesome.
- To attack; molest; harass; haunt or prowl around mischievously or hurtfully; attack parasitically.
- Synonyms To annoy, harass, torment, plague, vex, molest, overrun.
- To become confirmed in evil; become habitually vicious.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. invade in great numbers
- v. live on or in a host, as of parasites
- v. occupy in large numbers or live on a host
Middle English infesten, to distress, from Old French infester, from Latin īnfestāre, from īnfestus, hostile; see gwhedh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)