from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To put into or introduce as if by pouring: infused new vigor into the movement.
- transitive v. To fill or cause to be filled with something: infused them with a love of the land.
- transitive v. To steep or soak without boiling in order to extract soluble elements or active principles.
- transitive 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).
- transitive v. To introduce (a solution) into the body through a vein for therapeutic purposes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cause to become an element of something; to insert or fill.
- v. To steep in a liquid, so as to extract the soluble constituents (usually medicinal or herbal).
- v. To instill as a quality.
- v. To undergo infusion.
- v. To tincture.
- v. To saturate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To pour in, as a liquid; to pour (into or upon); to shed.
- transitive v. To instill, as principles or qualities; to introduce.
- transitive v. To inspire; to inspirit or animate; to fill; -- followed by with.
- transitive v. To steep in water or other fluid without boiling, for the propose of extracting medicinal qualities; to soak.
- transitive v. To make an infusion with, as an ingredient; to tincture; to saturate.
- n. Infusion.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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)
Latin [in]fu(n)do fu(n)dere fusi fusum: to pour. (Wiktionary)