See also: infusé

English edit

Etymology edit

From Middle English infusen, from Latin infusus, from infundo.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈfjuz/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -uːz

Verb edit

infuse (third-person singular simple present infuses, present participle infusing, simple past and past participle infused)

  1. (transitive) To cause to become an element of something; to insert or fill.
    • 1989 April 15, Richard F. Tremblay, “Two Days”, in Gay Community News, page 8:
      Like every day this hellish summer, someone will come to infuse me with four hours with amphotericin, a weed-killer somewhat effective against cryptococcal meningitis.
  2. (transitive) To steep in a liquid, so as to extract the soluble constituents (usually medicinal or herbal).
    • 1806-1831, John Redman Coxe, The American Dispensatory
      One scruple of the dried leaves is infused in ten ounces of warm water.
  3. (transitive) To inspire; to inspirit or animate; to fill (with).
  4. (transitive) To instill as a quality.
  5. (intransitive) To undergo infusion.
    Let it infuse for five minutes.
  6. (transitive) To make an infusion with (an ingredient); to tincture; to saturate.
    • 1631, Francis [Bacon], “(please specify |century=I to X)”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. [], 3rd edition, London: [] William Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee [], →OCLC:
      if you infuse Rubarb for an hour ; and crush it well, it will purge better, and bind the Body less after the purġing, than if it stood Twenty four hours
  7. (transitive, obsolete) To pour in, as a liquid; to pour (into or upon); to shed.
    • 1668, John Denham, The Progress of Learning:
      That strong Circean liquor cease t’infuse.

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References edit

  • 1902 Webster's International dictionary.
  • 1984 Consise Oxford 7th ed.

French edit

Adjective edit


  1. feminine singular of infus

Italian edit

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /inˈfu.ze/
  • Rhymes: -uze
  • Hyphenation: in‧fù‧se

Etymology 1 edit

Verb edit


  1. third-person singular past historic of infondere

Etymology 2 edit

Participle edit

infuse f pl

  1. feminine plural of infuso

Latin edit

Participle edit


  1. vocative masculine singular of īnfūsus