American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To put into or introduce as if by pouring: infused new vigor into the movement.
- v. To fill or cause to be filled with something: infused them with a love of the land.
- v. To steep or soak without boiling in order to extract soluble elements or active principles.
- v. To flavor or scent (a liquid) by steeping ingredients in it: "He would infuse . . . vegetable oil with the pungent taste of scallions” ( Nina Simonds).
- v. To introduce (a solution) into the body through a vein for therapeutic purposes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pour in or into, as a liquid; introduce and pervade with, as an ingredient: as, to infuse a flavor into sauce.
- To introduce as by pouring; cause to penetrate; insinuate; instil: with into: chiefly in figurative uses.
- To steep; extract the principles or qualities of, as a vegetable substance, by pouring a liquid upon it; make an infusion of.
- To affect or modify by infusion; mingle; hence, to imbue; tinge: followed by with.
- To pour, or pour out; shed; diffuse.
- n. An infusion.
- v. transitive To cause to become an element of something; to insert or fill.
- v. transitive To steep in a liquid, so as to extract the soluble constituents (usually medicinal or herbal).
- v. transitive To instill as a quality.
- v. intransitive To undergo infusion.
- v. intransitive To tincture.
- v. intransitive To saturate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To pour in, as a liquid; to pour (into or upon); to shed.
- v. To instill, as principles or qualities; to introduce.
- v. To inspire; to inspirit or animate; to fill; -- followed by
- v. To steep in water or other fluid without boiling, for the propose of extracting medicinal qualities; to soak.
- v. rare To make an infusion with, as an ingredient; to tincture; to saturate.
- n. obsolete Infusion.
- v. introduce into the body through a vein, for therapeutic purposes
- v. teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions
- v. let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse
- v. fill, as with a certain quality
- v. undergo the process of infusion
- Latin [in]fu(n)do fu(n)dere fusi fusum: to pour. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English infusen, from Old French infuser, from Latin īnfundere, īnfūs- : in-, in; see in-2 + fundere, to pour; see gheu- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“What is especially bad is that one does not need to "fix" (as in infuse to every member) the same bad mutation in every individual for bad mutations to degrade an entire population.”
“I’m sure Rosenberg found a way in infuse more “Edward” without taking away from Bella’s heartache.”
“The band will "infuse" two short (silent) films with their "rambunctious, anthemic sound.”
“And the proposal uses the word "infuse", which I usually associate with cooking, but which also has Protestant roots in reference to the Holy Spirit or Divine Grace.”
“Roberto Alomar to the Mets would "infuse" some upper-level talent in the name of Alex Escobar into the system.”
“Into this existing set of shared understandings of how the world operates, it is necessary to 'infuse' the appropriate set of Marxian conceptions both around the essential nature of capital/labour relations and the consciousness of the working class as an objective entity in relation to capital.”
“Instead of giving a couple of set recipes, it gave a basic custard recipe and then ingredients to "infuse" (step one), to "add" (step two) and to "mix in" (step three), depending on your taste.”
“One or two CMs had apparently received a government grant that they were using to pay a few faculty to listen to them explain how to "infuse" their left-wing ideology into all of their classes, but no one seemed to take them very seriously.”
“Acceptable Afghan-American voices such as Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner) and Awista Ayub (Kabul Girls Soccer Club) reiterate the notion that suburban America can "infuse" Afghans with freedom.”
“The other day, in the last meeting of the Arab foreign ministers, he said that it is important that we "infuse" the peace process with blood.”
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