infuse

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See also: infusé

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English infusen, from Latin infusus, from infundo.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈfjuz/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -uːz

Verb[edit]

infuse (third-person singular simple present infuses, present participle infusing, simple past and past participle infused)

  1. (transitive) To cause to become an element of something; to insert or fill.
  2. (transitive) To steep in a liquid, so as to extract the soluble constituents (usually medicinal or herbal).
    • 1806-1831, John Redman Coxe, The American Dispensatory
      One scruple of the dried leaves is infused in ten ounces of warm water.
  3. (transitive) To inspire; to inspirit or animate; to fill (with).
  4. (transitive) To instill as a quality.
  5. (intransitive) To undergo infusion.
    • Let it infuse for five minutes.
  6. (transitive) To make an infusion with (an ingredient); to tincture; to saturate.
    • 1631, Francis [Bacon], “(please specify |century=I to X)”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. [], 3rd edition, London: [] VVilliam Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee [], OCLC 1044372886:
      if you infuse Rubarb for an hour ; and crush it well , it will purge better , and bind the Body less after the purġing , than if it stood Twenty four hours
  7. (transitive, obsolete) To pour in, as a liquid; to pour (into or upon); to shed.
    • 1668, John Denham, The Progress of Learning
      That strong Circean liquor cease t'infuse.

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References[edit]

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

French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

infuse

  1. feminine singular of infus

Italian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

infuse

  1. third-person singular past historic of infondere

Participle[edit]

infuse

  1. feminine plural of infuso

Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

īnfūse

  1. vocative masculine singular of īnfūsus