- 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.
transitive verb-·fused′, -·fus′ing
- 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 … 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 īnfundere īnfūs- 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.