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[suh-fyooz] /səˈfyuz/
verb (used with object), suffused, suffusing.
to overspread with or as with a liquid, color, etc.
Origin of suffuse
First recorded in 1580-90, suffuse is from the Latin word suffūsus (past participle of suffundere). See suf-, fuse2
Related forms
[suh-fyoozd-lee, -fyoo-zid-] /səˈfyuzd li, -ˈfyu zɪd-/ (Show IPA),
[suh-fyoo-zhuh n] /səˈfyu ʒən/ (Show IPA),
[suh-fyoo-siv] /səˈfyu sɪv/ (Show IPA),
unsuffused, adjective
unsuffusive, adjective
cover, pervade, diffuse, bathe, flood. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for suffuse
Historical Examples
  • The knowledge and performance of evil should suffuse one's daily life.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
  • What more could be needed to suffuse the world with the deepest meaning and beauty?

    The Sense of Beauty George Santayana
  • They are not separately heard by the ear; they blend with the fundamental note and suffuse it, and alter it.

    Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
  • His veins were beating as though they would burst the vessels in his temples, and suffuse his face with blood.

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
  • It seemed that she, too, at that moment felt some of the glow that the fall of the Alamo was to suffuse through Texas.

    The Texan Scouts

    Joseph A. Altsheler
  • From without the imagination can appreciate that glow of pale gold which must there suffuse all things.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • The color returned to her cheeks, the delicious languor began to suffuse her eyes again.

    Armadale Wilkie Collins
  • You can suffuse the whole theme with a human spirit, for everything has a human significance if only you will find it.

    Expository Writing Mervin James Curl
  • Their attachment had been but physical; their affection only make-believe—to colour fact, and suffuse reality with romance.

    Why we should read S. P. B. Mais
  • Nothing can surpass the delicate tints of rose-color, silver gray, gold and purple which suffuse these summits in early morning.

British Dictionary definitions for suffuse


(transitive; usually passive) to spread or flood through or over (something): the evening sky was suffused with red
Derived Forms
suffusion (səˈfjuːʒən) noun
suffusive, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin suffūsus overspread with, from suffundere, from sub- + fundere to pour
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Word Origin and History for suffuse

1580s, from Latin suffusus, past participle of suffundere (see suffusion). Related: Suffused; suffusing.

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