Definition of infuse in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Fill; pervade.

    ‘her work is infused with an anger born of pain and oppression’
    • ‘This extremely informative narrative is infused with the sense of adventure that comes of birding in a desperate place.’
    • ‘Documentaries essentially arise out of a desire to communicate and publicise issues that are of local, national or worldwide concern and are usually infused with the passion of the film-makers.’
    • ‘Was Deming infused with a sense of self-righteousness?’
    • ‘The film is infused with a sense of gentle wonder - ominous at times, but never scary (there is absolutely no violence in this flick).’
    • ‘The clichés of bad boy attitudes, guns and gangs are infused with a sense of these young people as the victims of a society that fails to value their spirit and potential.’
    • ‘The piece is infused with a sense of claustrophobia as these two people try to escape the bonds of tradition and live.’
    • ‘Even sexuality is infused with this sense, as recent reports about fears of sex during pregnancy suggest.’
    • ‘This may be due to the fact that the western mind has been infused with a strong sense of individuality, whereas the eastern philosophies, and the language as well, tend to be more collective.’
    • ‘There is no negotiating with them because they are infused with resentment and hatred.’
    • ‘From the earliest battles against swamps and unpredictable tides, to the occurrence of fatal wharfside fires, the history of Port Adelaide is infused with misfortune and tragedy.’
    • ‘And eventually the scriptures filled his very soul and his being was infused with the Grace of God, and he was ready for the final test.’
    • ‘The novel is infused with this sense of loss, either as ordinary and inescapable, or as something more dramatic.’
    • ‘The first generations of immigrants knew this was a historic opportunity and they were infused with a tremendous sense of idealism.’
    • ‘Once again the analysis is infused with a humane awareness of the need for ‘human security’ to be a vital component of our thinking about national security’
    • ‘The phrases are again infused with the charged context of the mother/daughter relationship.’
    • ‘While they can be visually striking and often emotionally engaging, they are also infused with a deep sense of pessimism.’
    • ‘Yet despite his role as a professional politician, or because of it, Bingham's paintings of electioneering are infused with a sense of critical distance.’
    • ‘Only after Fernandes' equaliser were Rangers infused with a sense of self-belief which underpinned a prolonged spell of dominant play.’
    • ‘Should players be infused with a sense of individual superiority to achieve the same end?’
    • ‘And for those with ghoulish brains wired for conspiracy-theory logic, there are some intriguing lyrical turns of phrase throughout a record that's infused with the spirit of the Big Apple.’
    fill, pervade, permeate, suffuse, charge, saturate, imbue, inspire, inundate
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    1. 1.1 Instill (a quality) in someone or something.
      ‘he did his best to infuse good humor into his voice’
      • ‘The business Jujitsu master will see this as an opportunity to infuse his store with new products.’
      • ‘There is an urgent need for infusing huge amounts of capital in these sectors.’
      • ‘This is another consideration that infuses the amount that I will fix for retroactive child support.’
      • ‘At the end of the day, if you can infuse a healthy dose of communication, professionalism, and respect into your recruitment and retention efforts, your job will be all the more rewarding.’
      • ‘Additionally, the high concentration of buffers resulted in less than expected volumes being infused to maintain pH of the fermentors.’
      • ‘To achieve this objective, we need to infuse some amount of modernity into the system.’
      • ‘Munro infuses the reverberative weight of history into her work by spiraling time.’
      • ‘You infuse great energy in relationships and professional aspects.’
      • ‘My daily aim was to try to infuse a bit of God's holy light into the dense materialistic atmosphere.’
      • ‘It's best to participate and infuse energy in personal relationships.’
      • ‘Presiding over these public and private documents is the ghost of Luther, and the religious fatalism and negativity that infused every dimension of Strehlow's life.’
      • ‘Poems of sex and relationships and parenting and the imagination and work and death infuse this volume with the variety of a delicatessen.’
      • ‘This quality also infused his choreography, which he still occasionally has time for.’
      • ‘They are superb for dotting through lower planting to infuse a bit of spatial drama.’
      • ‘As a result, the Canadian government infused massive amounts of public money into the biotechnology industry.’
      • ‘While the show's technical advisor, Kam Yuen, did well to infuse a certain amount of authenticity, there's only so much that can be done on a TV-sized budget.’
      • ‘You infuse a positive energy and a special quality in whatever you do today.’
      • ‘A spurt of energy will see you infusing a current of force in professional projects today.’
      • ‘This often infuses a bit of reality in the matter for both sides.’
      • ‘You continue infusing energy and romance in long-standing relationships.’
      instil, breathe, inject, impart, inculcate, introduce, implant, add
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  • 2Soak (tea, herbs, etc.) in liquid to extract the flavor or healing properties.

    ‘infuse the dried flowers in boiling water’
    • ‘Sage and chamomile mouthwash, created by infusing equal amounts of the two herbs in water, may be helpful when used four to six times a day.’
    • ‘A white vinegar is typically used as the base and is infused with herbs such as thyme, rosemary, garlic or basil.’
    • ‘Its juice is more water and detergent the herb more astringent, only the dried herb should be infused in wine or ale.’
    • ‘Evelyn also listed cowslip among eight flowers which were to be infused in vinegar and eaten in composed salads or alone.’
    • ‘My major change to the recipe was to infuse a bit of strawberry into the simple syrup, and add about a half dozen sliced strawberries to the mascarpone itself.’
    • ‘If you're using a frozen vegetable package from the store, turn the heat up a bit so that the vegetables thaw and the flavour can infuse itself into the vegetables.’
    • ‘It's got pointy leaves, a papery texture, and tastes like mint infused with a good bite of white pepper, along with lemon and cilantro.’
    • ‘Nigel Slater infuses it in milk with fresh bay leaves to flavour his stunning white chocolate mousse.’
    • ‘Instead of passionfruit flavouring, you could infuse the cream with either a fresh vanilla pod or some star anise pods.’
    • ‘To make your chamomile tea, unless otherwise directed on the packet, brew as you would conventional tea, infusing herbal tea bags for three minutes or steeping the dried or fresh herbs in a teapot.’
    • ‘It had been macerated and marinated for three days in a mixture of herbs and spices which infused its flesh.’
    • ‘The smooth chicken liver pate was also ordered ‘lightly infused with fresh herbs and cognac and served with Cumberland sauce’, and more tasty brown bread.’
    • ‘Most of us know that dried chamomile flowers infused to make a tea, calm, soothe and help you sleep.’
    • ‘Simmer gently over a low heat for about 15 minutes, until the flavours of the spices infuse the vinegar.’
    • ‘You can make thyme tea by infusing a few sprigs of the herb in hot water, or use a proprietary brand herbal tea bag (available from health food stores and supermarkets).’
    • ‘These are made by infusing 30 or more herbs, spices and even tree barks in white wine over many weeks - even months.’
    • ‘My lamb was sitting on a bed of potatoes and a rich gravy infused with the flavour of several sprigs of rosemary.’
    • ‘One of the most popular, because it is visually striking, is made with Blavod Black Vodka, a brand infused with an herb that gives it a dark color.’
    • ‘We infuse the mint stalks with water and sugar to make a simple syrup.’
    • ‘Jasmine blossoms and green tea leaves are infused in extra-bitter chocolate ganache.’
    steep, brew, stew, soak, immerse, marinate, souse
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    1. 2.1no object (of tea, herbs, etc.) be soaked in liquid.
      ‘allow the mixture to infuse for 15 minutes’
      • ‘Let the soup simmer for 40-50 minutes, until the flavours have infused.’
      • ‘Bring the cream to a boil in a small saucepan, and put the rosemary in to infuse for 15 minutes, off the heat, uncovered.’
      • ‘Then turn off the heat, leave the syrup mixture to infuse for a further five minutes or so, then strain it through a sieve and leave to cool.’
      • ‘This mixture then infuses at the slowest possible rate adequate to provide effective analgesia.’
      • ‘This baked cheesecake is best made a day in advance so that the flavour of the vanilla infuses into the cake.’
      • ‘The candied orange and lemon peel infused a pleasantly marmalade-like flavour to counteract the sweetness of this light, eggy, cakey, sweet bread.’
      • ‘Remove from heat, cover and infuse for 10 minutes.’
      • ‘Bring the broth up to the boil and simmer for about 15 minutes… very gently let the flavours infuse.’
      • ‘Cover and refrigerate overnight to let the flavours infuse.’
      • ‘In a saucepan over low heat, warm the simple syrup with the saffron and infuse for 15 minutes.’
      • ‘Remove pan from heat and let infuse for 30 minutes.’
      • ‘Remove from heat, stir in juice and mint and let infuse 30 minutes.’
      • ‘Mix well and cover to leave the flavours to infuse.’
      • ‘At the last minute add the sprig of rosemary and infuse for two minutes.’
      • ‘Heat the cream, and let the tea infuse in it for five minutes.’
      • ‘Remove from heat and add thyme; infuse for 15 minutes.’
      • ‘Add the orange peel (not too much pith) and allow the orange flavour to infuse for several minutes’
      • ‘Simmer to infuse for five minutes and acid the lobster tails and claws.’
      • ‘Add the lemon, orange, and lime zest and infuse for ten minutes.’
      • ‘Bring to a boil; remove from the heat and set aside to infuse for 30 minutes.’
  • 3Medicine
    Allow (a liquid) to flow into a patient, vein, etc.

    ‘saline was infused into the aorta’
    • ‘Fosphenytoin may be infused into scalp veins of neonates or infants.’
    • ‘The sample was directly infused into the MS system by a syringe pump without a column at a flow rate of 5 l/min.’
    • ‘Then normal bone marrow cells, donated from a close relative or carefully removed from the person's own bone marrow, are infused into the bloodstream with a drip.’
    • ‘However, there is little known about the immunologic effects of continuously infused low doses of hydrocortisone in septic shock.’
    • ‘In the first step, two drugs - isoproterenol and epinephrine - are infused into fat tissue to help break it down, a process called lipolysis.’


Late Middle English: from Latin infus- ‘poured in’, from the verb infundere, from in- ‘into’ + fundere ‘pour’.