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[sur-kuh m-fyooz]
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verb (used with object), cir·cum·fused, cir·cum·fus·ing.
  1. to pour around; diffuse.
  2. to surround as with a fluid; suffuse: An atmosphere of joy circumfused the celebration.

Origin of circumfuse

First recorded in 1590–1600, circumfuse is from the Latin word circumfūsus (past participle of circumfundere to pour around). See circum-, fuse2
Related formscir·cum·fu·sion [sur-kuh m-fyoo-zhuh n] /ˌsɜr kəmˈfyu ʒən/, noun
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Examples from the Web for circumfuse

Historical Examples

  • I almost think I could love him, whoever it be, on whom thou wouldst shed the rays that circumfuse thyself.


    Edward Bulwer Lytton

  • As to the last, she did not think Frank had money enough yet to "circumfuse," she said, in that way.

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    Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney

British Dictionary definitions for circumfuse


verb (tr)
  1. to pour or spread (a liquid, powder, etc) around
  2. to surround with a substance, such as a liquid
Derived Formscircumfusion (ˌsɜːkəmˈfjuːʒən), noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin circumfūsus, from circumfundere to pour around, from circum- + fundere to pour
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