Definition of Infuse

1. Verb. Teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions. "Inculcate values into the young generation"

Exact synonyms: Inculcate, Instill
Generic synonyms: Drill
Specialized synonyms: Din
Derivative terms: Inculcation, Instilling

2. Verb. Fill, as with a certain quality. "The heavy traffic tinctures the air with carbon monoxide"
Exact synonyms: Impregnate, Instill, Tincture
Generic synonyms: Fill, Fill Up, Make Full
Derivative terms: Infusion

3. Verb. Undergo the process of infusion. "The mint tea is infusing"
Generic synonyms: Steep
Related verbs: Steep
Derivative terms: Infusion

4. Verb. Let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse. "Steep the fruit in alcohol"
Exact synonyms: Steep
Specialized synonyms: Marinade, Marinate, Decoct, Draw
Generic synonyms: Imbue, Soak
Derivative terms: Steeper

5. Verb. Introduce into the body through a vein, for therapeutic purposes. "Some physiologists infuses sugar solutions into the veins of animals"
Category relationships: Medicine, Practice Of Medicine
Generic synonyms: Inject, Shoot
Derivative terms: Infusion

Definition of Infuse

1. v. t. To pour in, as a liquid; to pour (into or upon); to shed.

2. n. Infusion.

Definition of Infuse

1. Verb. (transitive) To cause to become an element of something; to insert or fill. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To steep in a liquid, so as to extract the soluble constituents (usually medicinal or herbal). ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To instill as a quality. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To undergo infusion. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To tincture. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To saturate. ¹

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Definition of Infuse

1. to permeate with something [v -FUSED, -FUSING, -FUSES]

Medical Definition of Infuse

1. To pour (a liquid) into something. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Infuse

infundibulum tubae uterinae
infuse (current term)
infusion-aspiration drainage
infusion graft
infusion pumps

Literary usage of Infuse

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. English Synonymes Explained in Alphabetical Order: With Copious by George Crabb (1826)
"To implant, ingraft, acd inculcate, are said of abstract opinions, or rules of right and wrong ; instil and infuse of such principles that influence the ..."

2. A Cyclopaedia of Six Thousand Practical Receipts, and Collateral Information by Arnold James Cooley (1850)
"Lobelia (Indian tobacco) Jj ; boiling water ia pint ; infuse half an hour, and strain. Dose. ... Flowers 3 to It ID number ; boiling water 1 pint ; infuse. ..."

3. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (1876)
"... that seemed to Deronda to infuse the utmost cruelty into the task now laid upon him. But he felt obliged to make his answer a beginning of the task. ..."

4. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"1987 infuse When infuse is used with a preposition, it is usually with: we know that broad social feelings should be infused with warmth —Lionel Trilling, ..."

5. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1887)
"... who so accurately guided the steps of their royal pupil, could not infuse into his feeble and indolent character the vigorous and independent principle ..."

6. Studies of a Biographer by Leslie Stephen (1902)
"RH Hutton remarked quaintly upon the quantity of ' bottled life' which Huxley could ' infuse into the driest topic on which human beings ever contrived to ..."

7. The Works of Hannah More by Hannah More (1835)
"We can not, indeed, purify ourselves, any more than we can convert ourselves, it being equally the work of the Holy Spirit to infuse purity, as well as the ..."

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