Latin [in]fu(n)do fu(n)dere fusi fusum: to pour.
- (transitive) To cause to become an element of something; to insert or fill.
- (transitive) To steep in a liquid, so as to extract the soluble constituents (usually medicinal or herbal).
- One scruple of dried leaves is infused in ten ounces of warm water.
- (transitive) To inspire; to inspirit or animate; to fill (with).
- Infuse his breast with magnanimity.
- infusing him with self and vain conceit
- (transitive) To instill as a quality.
- That souls of animals infuse themselves / Into the trunks of men.
- Jonathan Swift
- Why should he desire to have qualities infused into his son, which himself never possessed, or knew, or found the want of, in the acquisition of his wealth?
- (intransitive) To undergo infusion.
- Let it infuse for five minutes.
- (transitive) To make an infusion with (an ingredient); to tincture; to saturate.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
- (transitive, obsolete) To pour in, as a liquid; to pour (into or upon); to shed.
- That strong Circean liquor cease to infuse.
to insert or fill
to steep in a liquid
- 1902 Webster's International dictionary.
- 1984 Consise Oxford 7th ed.