verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- infected abortion,
- infection immunity
Origin of infect
Examples from the Web for infect
While the bats are infected, they shed large quantities of virus that can infect other animals.
Ebola Reston, it seemed, could infect humans, but never became symptomatic.Already Deadly in Africa, Could Ebola Hit America Next?|Scott Bixby|April 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They had to infect the perfectly adequate data with the totally improbable idea of a 400-year-old heirloom elk antler tool.Incontrovertible Evidence Proves the First Americans Came From Asia|Doug Peacock|March 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But what I think is that this constant wound, that this constant sore, does infect all of our foreign policy.Pro-Israel Group Attacks New York Times' Iran Correspondent|Ali Gharib|August 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Have you wondered how the U.S. managed to infect Iranian computers?
With our silent, evil thoughts we can infect others; we can transfer our evil purposes to others who execute them.Fair Haven and Foul Strand|August Strindberg
The boy's awkwardness seems to infect her, too, for a moment.
A tubercular woman should not nurse her infant because she will infect it and exhaust herself.The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation|Austin O'Malley
Perhaps we should read with for 'for,' taking 'take' in the sense of tinge, infect, a sense it often bears.
And the power of action is dead in me because the desire of life is dead,—unless you are there to infect me with it.The Shadow of Life|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for infect
late 14c., from Latin infectus, past participle of inficere "to spoil, stain," literally "to put in to, dip into," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + facere "perform" (see factitious). Related: Infected; infecting.