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American English: /ɪnˈfɛkt/
British English: /ɪnˈfɛkt/

Translation of infect in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 (Medicine) 1.1 (cause disease in)
    your cold is infecting everybody in the office
    estás contagiándole el resfriado a toda la oficina
    don't get too close, you might infect the baby
    no te acerques, que puedes contagiar al bebé
    the wound was/became infected
    la herida estaba infectada/se infectó
    to infect somebody with something
    contagiarle algo a alguien
    she infected her sisters with chickenpox
    les contagió la varicela a sus hermanas
    he was infected with hepatitis
    contrajo hepatitis [formal]
    they infected rats with the virus
    inocularon el virus a algunas ratas
    Example sentences
    • Children can get ringworm from touching infected animals such as dogs and cats.
    • Since then, West Nile virus has spread rapidly westward, infecting birds, humans and horses.
    • Mosquitoes that bite infected animals then bite humans typically transmit the disease.
    1.2 (contaminate)
    Example sentences
    • Somewhat reassured, the group try to settle down to enjoy the rest of their vacation, unaware that the diseased man's body is face down in the reservoir, infecting their water supply…
    • Oh, and the guy who they burnt handily made it to the local reservoir, thereby infecting the local water supply.
    • Almost every area of life is a potential terrorist target - with scare stories about the threat of a smallpox outbreak, and bioterrorists infecting food supplies and water reservoirs.
  • 2 (spread emotion) his cheerfulness infected everyone around him
    les contagiaba su alegría a todos los que lo rodeaban
    su alegría era contagiosa
    everyone was infected with or by the carnival mood
    todos se habían contagiado de la alegría del carnaval
    a todos se les había contagiado la alegría del carnaval
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