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- (transitive) To bring (the body or part of it) into contact with a substance that causes illness (a pathogen), so that the pathogen begins to act on the body; (of a pathogen) to come into contact with (a body or body part) and begin to act on it.
- Not everyone will be infected when an epidemic strikes.
- (transitive) To contaminate (an object or substance) with a pathogen.
- (transitive) To make somebody enthusiastic about one's own passion, or to communicate a feeling to others, or a feeling communicating itself to others.
- 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 2, page 164:
- Guido, by way of diverting the embarrassment which seemed to infect them all, began to unfasten the packet of letters.
- Her passion for dancing has infected me.
- (to contaminate): leper (rare)
to bring into contact with a substance that causes illness
to make somebody enthusiastic about one's own passion
infect (not comparable)
- (obsolete) Infected.
- c. 1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Troylus and Cressida”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene iii], line 187:
- And in the imitation of these twain, / Who, as Ulysses says, opinion crowns / With an imperial voice, many are infect.
- → Romanian: infect
- “infect”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
Declension of infect