[ sur-kuhm-fyooz ]

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

Other words from circumfuse

  • cir·cum·fu·sion [sur-kuhm-fyoo-zhuhn], /ˌsɜr kəmˈfyu ʒən/, noun

Words Nearby circumfuse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use circumfuse in a sentence

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

    Zanoni | Edward Bulwer Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for circumfuse


/ (ˌsɜːkəmˈfjuːz) /

  1. to pour or spread (a liquid, powder, etc) around

  2. to surround with a substance, such as a liquid

Origin of circumfuse

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

Derived forms of circumfuse

  • circumfusion (ˌsɜːkəmˈfjuːʒən), noun

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