infest

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English infesten, from Old French infester (to infest), from Latin īnfestō (assail, molest, verb), from īnfestus (hostile).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

infest (third-person singular simple present infests, present participle infesting, simple past and past participle infested)

  1. To inhabit a place in unpleasantly large numbers
    Insects are infesting my basement!
  2. (pathology, of a parasite) To invade a host plant or animal

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Adjective[edit]

infest (comparative more infest, superlative most infest)

  1. (obsolete) mischievous; hurtful; harassing
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)

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