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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French infect, from Latin infectus, perfect passive participle of inficiō (dye, taint).

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infect (third-person singular simple present infects, present participle infecting, simple past and past participle infected)

  1. (transitive) To bring into contact with a substance that causes illness (a pathogen).
    • 2013 May-June, Katie L. Burke, “In the News”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 193:
      Bats host many high-profile viruses that can infect humans, including severe acute respiratory syndrome and Ebola.
  2. (transitive) To make somebody enthusiastic about one's own passion.
    Her passion for dancing has infected me.

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infect (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Infected.

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Borrowed from Latin infectus.

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infect (feminine singular infecte, masculine plural infects, feminine plural infectes)

  1. vile, loathsome
  2. revolting, disgusting

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