Definition of effuse in English:



  • 1with object Give off (a liquid, light, smell, or quality)

    ‘the gardens effuse spacious elegance’
    • ‘Another was more understated and had no caretakers but effused solemn peace in and of itself.’
    • ‘She effuses sexiness as his love interest in both movies.’
    • ‘Then I meet Suzanne Leff, who effuses kindness.’
    • ‘Each bloom effuses a scent as soft as its appearance.’
    • ‘The leaves of the three trees glow with a blurred, feathery effect that effuses light across the perfectly black sky.’
  • 2no object Talk in an unrestrained, excited manner.

    ‘this was the type of material that they effused about’
    • ‘The stranger extends his hand, ‘Hi, I'm Kevin,’ he effuses, smiling almost too broadly.’
    • ‘After visiting Stanford University during my senior year in high school, I effused to my parents about my college choice: ‘They've got these really cool sandstone buildings to climb on between classes!’’
    • ‘‘Everything she talks about when she comes home is super interesting to me,’ he effuses.’
    • ‘‘This is the only piece of silverware I've ever won,’ he effused in his acceptance speech.’
    • ‘She effuses over their support, which began with touting assistance in 1979.’
    • ‘‘That was the highlight of the whole experience,’ he effuses.’
    • ‘‘I wish I could take her home with me,’ Mom effused again and again.’
    • ‘‘The crowd response is incredible,’ he effuses.’
    • ‘But as a critic is never simply to effuse, I will attempt to bridle my awe at the group's genius for invention and elaboration.…’
    • ‘Approaching the island, the images of huge mist-shrouded crags say it all but Parris feels the need to extemporise and effuse, piling adverb upon adverb into a tower of babbling.’
    • ‘Asked what she likes best about her work, she effuses, ‘I just love being on stage.’’
    • ‘They are both effusing about my performance.’
    • ‘Smith effuses about her wonderful experience.’
    • ‘The latter introduced himself by effusing: ‘I think you're a genius.’’
    • ‘‘I'm very happy with my showing,’ Wood effused.’
    • ‘Anne, from New Zealand, effuses about Lego: ‘Lego puts parents and kids where they belong.’’
    • ‘And the people who usually effuse on these things have never studied economics.’
    • ‘The study, however, highlights some consistent themes, notably that time and again, procurers effused about the extra qualities provided by the smaller supplier.’
    • ‘Oh, I could effuse all day, but must agree that Grant sometimes feels demagoguish to me - but that may say more about me rather than he.’
    • ‘For starters, when the characters sit around effusing about Yelena's beauty, she flits among them in an airy gown and broad-brimmed hat that hides her inclined face.’
    discharge, release, give off, give out, pour out, send forth, throw out, void, vent, give vent to, issue
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Late Middle English: from Latin effusus, past participle of effundere ‘pour out’, from ex- ‘out’ + fundere ‘pour’.