- to introduce, as if by pouring; cause to penetrate; instill (usually followed by into): The energetic new principal infused new life into the school.
- to imbue or inspire (usually followed by with): The new coach infused the team with enthusiasm.
- to steep or soak (leaves, bark, roots, etc.) in a liquid so as to extract the soluble properties or ingredients.
- Obsolete. to pour in.
- to undergo infusion; become infused: Leave the solution to infuse overnight.
Origin of infuse
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Examples from the Web for infuse
I just tried to infuse it with nobility, because he was after all a king.Ron Perlman's Secret Suicide Attempt
October 28, 2014
More importantly, the evangelistic ethos is supposed to infuse everyday life.Did the Southern Baptist ‘Conservative Resurgence’ Fail?
June 1, 2014
More breathing room between books, however, gives writers more time to infuse their series with something extra.Into Russia’s Dark Soul: The Serial Pleasures of Martin Cruz Smith
November 13, 2013
Especially the loss of Henry—it really did infuse the story room, and by extension the show, with a degree of sadness.‘Homeland’ Showrunner: ‘We Knew We Had to Plot a New Course’
September 30, 2013
I had to work terribly hard to try to infuse some miniscule bit of humor into it.Jim Carrey’s Rant Against ‘Kick-Ass 2’ and 13 Other Stars Who Hate Their Own Films
June 25, 2013
Cover it, and let it stand to infuse from half an hour to an hour.
Cover the vessel, and let them infuse for twenty-four hours.
Stryker managed to infuse into his tone a deal of suspicious contempt.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
We will wake it; arm it; infuse into it the living spirit of the Idea.The Book of Khalid
Cover it with a tea-cosy, and let it infuse for five minutes before using.The Skilful Cook
- (tr often foll by into) to instil or inculcate
- (tr foll by with) to inspire; emotionally charge
- to soak or be soaked in order to extract flavour or other properties
- rare (foll by into) to pour
Word Origin and History for infuse
early 15c., "to pour in, introduce, soak," from Latin infusus, past participle of infundere "to pour into," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + fundere "pour, spread" (see found (v.2)). Figurative sense of "instill, inspire" first recorded 1520s (infusion in this sense dates from mid-15c.). Related: Infused; infusing.
- To steep or soak without boiling in order to extract soluble elements or active principles.
- To introduce a solution into the body through a vein for therapeutic purposes.