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suffuse

[suh-fyooz]
verb (used with object), suf·fused, suf·fus·ing.
  1. to overspread with or as with a liquid, color, etc.
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Origin of suffuse

First recorded in 1580–90, suffuse is from the Latin word suffūsus (past participle of suffundere). See suf-, fuse2
Related formssuf·fused·ly [suh-fyoozd-lee, -fyoo-zid-] /səˈfyuzd li, -ˈfyu zɪd-/, adverbsuf·fu·sion [suh-fyoo-zhuhn] /səˈfyu ʒən/, nounsuf·fu·sive [suh-fyoo-siv] /səˈfyu sɪv/, adjectiveun·suf·fused, adjectiveun·suf·fu·sive, adjective

Synonyms for suffuse

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British Dictionary definitions for suffusive

suffuse

verb
  1. (tr; usually passive) to spread or flood through or over (something)the evening sky was suffused with red
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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 suffusive

suffuse

v.

1580s, from Latin suffusus, past participle of suffundere (see suffusion). Related: Suffused; suffusing.

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