- (transitive) To bring (the body or part of it) into contact with a substance that causes illness (a pathogen), so that the pathogen begins to act on the body; (of a pathogen) to come into contact with (a body or body part) and begin to act on it.
- Not everyone will be infected when an epidemic strikes.
- (transitive) To contaminate (an object or substance) with a pathogen.
- (transitive) To make somebody enthusiastic about one's own passion, or to communicate a feeling to others, or a feeling communicating itself to others.
- 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 2, page 164:
- Guido, by way of diverting the embarrassment which seemed to infect them all, began to unfasten the packet of letters.
- Her passion for dancing has infected me.
to bring into contact with a substance that causes illness
to make somebody enthusiastic about one's own passion
infect (not comparable)
- (obsolete) Infected.
- → Romanian: infect
- “infect”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
Declension of infect