- 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 infuses
He has been obsessed with music since his childhood in Paris, and it infuses his work in fashion.The Dark Rock Star Fantasy of Saint Laurent’s Hedi Slimane
September 24, 2014
Indeed, there is a certain patriotism that infuses his speech these days.The Repentant Radical
September 17, 2013
And the thought-through style (their name was the result of 2,000 attempts) infuses everything the company does.Warby Parker Thrives by Giving Away Glasses Whenever It Sells a Pair
May 7, 2013
He infuses multiple shades of meaning into singular scenes, even sentences.Jeffrey Eugenides Hails Donald Antrim’s 'Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World'
June 2, 2012
She rises with the lark, and infuses an early vigor into the whole household.Southern Literature From 1579-1895
By degrees he infuses into it the poison of his own ambition.The Life of John Marshall Volume 3 of 4
Albert J. Beveridge
We like this artist for the character and energy he infuses into his productions.
Who can doubt that Religion infuses power and exaltation into the Arts?
Thus it infuses an emotional element into the statements which follow it.Expositor's Bible: The Song of Solomon
- (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 infuses
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.