- An example of infuse is steeping tea leaves in boiling water.
- An example of infuse is planting a seed in wet soil.
- An example of infuse is teaching your child how to read.
Infuse is defined as to steep, soak, implant or instill an idea.
- Obs. to pour (a liquid) in, into, or upon
- to put (a substance) into: butter infused with garlic
- to put (a quality, idea, etc.) into, as if by pouring; instill; impart
- to fill (with a quality, feeling, etc.); imbue; inspire
- to steep or soak (tea leaves, etc.) so as to extract flavor or other qualities
Origin of infuseMiddle English infusen ; from Classical Latin infusus, past participle of infundere, to pour in ; from in-, in + fundere, to pour: see found
transitive verbin·fused, in·fus·ing, in·fus·es
- To put into or introduce as if by pouring: infused new vigor into the movement.
- To fill or cause to be filled with something: infused them with a love of the land.
- To steep or soak without boiling in order to extract soluble elements or active principles.
- To flavor or scent (a liquid) by steeping ingredients in it: “He would infuse &ellipsis; vegetable oil with the pungent taste of scallions” (Nina Simonds).
- To introduce (a solution) into the body through a vein for therapeutic purposes.
Origin of infuseMiddle English infusen, from Old French infuser, from Latin &imacron;nfundere, &imacron;nf&umacron;s- : in-, in; see in–2 + fundere, to pour; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present infuses, present participle infusing, simple past and past participle infused)
- To cause to become an element of something; to insert or fill.
- To steep in a liquid, so as to extract the soluble constituents (usually medicinal or herbal).
- To inspire; to inspirit or animate; to fill (with).
- To instill as a quality.
- (intransitive) To undergo infusion.
- To make an infusion with (an ingredient); to tincture; to saturate.
Latin [in]fu(n)do fu(n)dere fusi fusum: to pour.