[ in-fyooz ]
See synonyms for: infuseinfusedinfusesinfuser on

verb (used with object),in·fused, in·fus·ing.
  1. to introduce, as if by pouring; cause to penetrate; instill (usually followed by into): The energetic new principal infused new life into the school.

  2. to imbue or inspire (usually followed by with): The new coach infused the team with enthusiasm.

  1. to steep or soak (leaves, bark, roots, etc.) in a liquid so as to extract the soluble properties or ingredients.

  2. Obsolete. to pour in.

verb (used without object),in·fused, in·fus·ing.
  1. to undergo infusion; become infused: Leave the solution to infuse overnight.

Origin of infuse

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Latin infūsus, past participle of infundere “to pour into”;see in-2, fuse2

Other words for infuse

Other words from infuse

  • in·fus·er, noun
  • re·in·fuse, verb (used with object), re·in·fused, re·in·fus·ing.
  • su·per·in·fuse, verb (used with object), su·per·in·fused, su·per·in·fus·ing.
  • un·in·fused, adjective
  • un·in·fus·ing, adjective

Words Nearby infuse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use infuse in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for infuse


/ (ɪnˈfjuːz) /

  1. (tr often foll by into) to instil or inculcate

  2. (tr foll by with) to inspire; emotionally charge

  1. to soak or be soaked in order to extract flavour or other properties

  2. rare (foll by into) to pour

Origin of infuse

C15: from Latin infundere to pour into

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