AskDefine | Define infuse

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1 teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions; "inculcate values into the young generation" [syn: inculcate, instill]
2 fill, as with a certain quality; "The heavy traffic tinctures the air with carbon monoxide" [syn: impregnate, instill, tincture]
3 undergo the process of infusion; "the mint tea is infusing"
4 let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse; "steep the blossoms in oil"; "steep the fruit in alcohol" [syn: steep]
5 introduce into the body through a vein, for therapeutic purposes; "Some physiologists infuses sugar solutions into the veins of animals"

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[in]fu(n)do fu(n)dere fusi fusum: to pour.



  1. To cause to become an element of something; to insert or fill.
  2. To steep in a liquid, so as to extract the soluble constituents (usually medicinal or herbal).
  3. To instill as a quality.
    • Jonathan Swift 1667–1745: "Why should he desire to have qualities infused into his son, which himself never possessed, or knew, or found the want of, in the acquisition of his wealth?"
  4. To undergo infusion.
  5. To tincture.
  6. To saturate.
    • Let it infuse for five minutes.


  • 1902 Webster's International dictionary.
  • 1984 Consise Oxford 7th ed.




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