[ suh-fyooz ]
/ səˈfyuz /

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

to overspread with or as with a liquid, color, etc.

Nearby words

  1. suffragette,
  2. suffragist,
  3. suffrutescent,
  4. suffruticose,
  5. suffumigate,
  6. suffusion,
  7. suffusive,
  8. sufi,
  9. sufiism,
  10. sufism

Origin of suffuse

First recorded in 1580–90, suffuse is from the Latin word suffūsus (past participle of suffundere). See suf-, fuse2

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Examples from the Web for suffuse

British Dictionary definitions for suffuse


/ (səˈfjuːz) /


(tr; usually passive) to spread or flood through or over (something)the evening sky was suffused with red
Derived Formssuffusion (səˈfjuːʒən), nounsuffusive, adjective

Word Origin for suffuse

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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