[ in-fyooz ]
/ ɪnˈfyuz /

verb (used with object), in·fused, in·fus·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), in·fused, in·fus·ing.

to undergo infusion; become infused: Leave the solution to infuse overnight.

Origin of infuse

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin infūsus past participle of infundere to pour into. See in-2, fuse2

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British Dictionary definitions for infuse

/ (ɪnˈfjuːz) /


(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 for infuse

C15: from Latin infundere to pour into
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Medical definitions for infuse

[ ĭn-fyoōz ]


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.
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