Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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