Definition of infuse in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈfyo͞oz/


[with object]
1Fill; pervade: her work is infused with an anger born of pain and oppression
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  • The film is infused with a sense of gentle wonder - ominous at times, but never scary (there is absolutely no violence in this flick).
  • Only after Fernandes' equaliser were Rangers infused with a sense of self-belief which underpinned a prolonged spell of dominant play.
  • The clichés of bad boy attitudes, guns and gangs are infused with a sense of these young people as the victims of a society that fails to value their spirit and potential.
1.1Instill (a quality) in someone or something: he did his best to infuse good humor into his voice
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  • At the end of the day, if you can infuse a healthy dose of communication, professionalism, and respect into your recruitment and retention efforts, your job will be all the more rewarding.
  • There is an urgent need for infusing huge amounts of capital in these sectors.
  • Presiding over these public and private documents is the ghost of Luther, and the religious fatalism and negativity that infused every dimension of Strehlow's life.
instill, breathe, inject, impart, inculcate, introduce, add
1.2 Medicine Allow (a liquid) to flow into a patient, vein, etc. saline was infused into the aorta
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  • Fosphenytoin may be infused into scalp veins of neonates or infants.
  • Then normal bone marrow cells, donated from a close relative or carefully removed from the person's own bone marrow, are infused into the bloodstream with a drip.
  • In the first step, two drugs - isoproterenol and epinephrine - are infused into fat tissue to help break it down, a process called lipolysis.
2Soak (tea, herbs, etc.) in liquid to extract the flavor or healing properties: infuse the dried flowers in boiling water
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  • To make your chamomile tea, unless otherwise directed on the packet, brew as you would conventional tea, infusing herbal tea bags for three minutes or steeping the dried or fresh herbs in a teapot.
  • Its juice is more water and detergent the herb more astringent, only the dried herb should be infused in wine or ale.
  • Instead of passionfruit flavouring, you could infuse the cream with either a fresh vanilla pod or some star anise pods.
steep, brew, stew, soak, immerse, marinate
2.1 [no object] (Of tea, herbs, etc.) be soaked in liquid: allow the mixture to infuse for 15 minutes
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  • Heat the cream, and let the tea infuse in it for five minutes.
  • Add the orange peel (not too much pith) and allow the orange flavour to infuse for several minutes
  • Then turn off the heat, leave the syrup mixture to infuse for a further five minutes or so, then strain it through a sieve and leave to cool.



Pronunciation: /inˈfyo͞ozər/
Example sentences
  • I found several glass teapots with glass infusers, but that seemed like asking for trouble on a bleary-eyed morning.
  • Loose tea leaves should be used instead of teabags, and unless the tea leaves are contained within an infuser, a strainer must be provided.
  • My sister bought me a tea infuser after seeing my fascination with it.


Late Middle English: from Latin infus- 'poured in', from the verb infundere, from in- 'into' + fundere 'pour'.

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Syllabification: in·fuse

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