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effuse Line breaks: ef¦fuse
Pronunciation: /ɪˈfjuːz/

Definition of effuse in English:


1 [with object] Give off (a liquid, light, smell, or quality): the gardens effuse spacious elegance
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  • Another was more understated and had no caretakers but effused solemn peace in and of itself.
  • She effuses sexiness as his love interest in both movies.
  • Then I meet Suzanne Leff, who effuses kindness.
2 [no object] Talk in an unrestrained, excited manner: this was the type of material that they effused about
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  • The latter introduced himself by effusing: ‘I think you're a genius.’
  • Smith effuses about her wonderful experience.
  • Asked what she likes best about her work, she effuses, ‘I just love being on stage.’


Late Middle English: from Latin effusus, past participle of effundere 'pour out', from ex- 'out' + fundere 'pour'.

Words that rhyme with effuse

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