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Webster 1913 Edition


Infuse

In-fuse′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Infused
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Infusing
.]
[L.
infusus
, p. p. of
infundere
to pour in or into; pref.
in-
in +
fundere
to pour: cf. F.
infuser
. See
Found
to cast.]
1.
To pour in, as a liquid; to pour (into or upon); to shed.
That strong Circean liquor cease to
infuse
.
Denham.
2.
To instill, as principles or qualities; to introduce.
That souls of animals
infuse
themselves Into the trunks of men.
Shakespeare
Why should he desire to have qualities
infused
into his son which himself never possessed?
Swift.
3.
To inspire; to inspirit or animate; to fill; – followed by with.
Infuse
his breast with magnanimity.
Shakespeare
Infusing
him with self and vain conceit.
Shakespeare
4.
To steep in water or other fluid without boiling, for the propose of extracting medicinal qualities; to soak.
One scruple of dried leaves is
infused
in ten ounces of warm water.
Coxe.
5.
To make an infusion with, as an ingredient; to tincture; to saturate.
[R.]
Bacon.

In-fuse

,
Noun.
Infusion.
[Obs.]
Spenser.

Webster 1828 Edition


Infuse

INFU'SE

,
Verb.
T.
s as z. [L. infusus, infundo, to pour in; in and fundo, to pour.]
1.
To pour in, as a liquid.
That strong Circean liquor cease t'infuse.
2.
To instill, as principles or qualities.
Why should he desire to have qualities infused into his son, which himself never possessed.
4.
To introduce; as, to infuse Gallicisms into a composition.
5.
To inspire with; as, to infuse the breast with magnanimity. [Not used.]
6.
To steep in liquor without boiling, for the purpose of extracting medicinal qualities.
One scruple of dried leaves is infused in ten ounces of warm water.
7.
To make an infusion with an ingredient. [Not used.]

INFU'SE

,
Noun.
Infusion.

Definition 2022


infuse

infuse

See also: infusé

English

Verb

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.
  2. (transitive) To steep in a liquid, so as to extract the soluble constituents (usually medicinal or herbal).
    • Coxe
      One scruple of dried leaves is infused in ten ounces of warm water.
  3. (transitive) To inspire; to inspirit or animate; to fill (with).
    • Shakespeare
      Infuse his breast with magnanimity.
    • Shakespeare
      infusing him with self and vain conceit
  4. (transitive) To instill as a quality.
    • Shakespeare
      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?
  5. (intransitive) To undergo infusion.
    • Let it infuse for five minutes.
  6. (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?)
  7. (transitive, obsolete) To pour in, as a liquid; to pour (into or upon); to shed.
    • Denham
      That strong Circean liquor cease to infuse.

Translations

References

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

See also


French

Adjective

infuse

  1. feminine singular of infus

Italian

Verb

infuse

  1. third-person singular past historic of infondere

infuse f

  1. plural of infuso

Latin

Participle

infūse

  1. vocative masculine singular of infūsus