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[sur-kuh m-fyooz] /ˌsɜr kəmˈfyuz/
verb (used with object), circumfused, circumfusing.
to pour around; diffuse.
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
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[sur-kuh m-fyoo-zhuh n] /ˌsɜr kəmˈfyu ʒən/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I almost think I could love him, whoever it be, on whom thou wouldst shed the rays that circumfuse thyself.

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

    Real Folks

    Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
British Dictionary definitions for circumfuse


verb (transitive)
to pour or spread (a liquid, powder, etc) around
to surround with a substance, such as a liquid
Derived Forms
circumfusion (ˌsɜːkəmˈfjuːʒən) noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin circumfūsus, from circumfundere to pour around, from circum- + fundere to pour
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