infuse

To infuse is to steep something in a liquid to extract the flavors from it. You'll impress your friends with your cooking if you infuse rosemary and thyme in broth and then use the liquid to marinate chicken.

To infuse also means to inspire or fill with a certain quality. Your goal might be to infuse your writing with such humor that your readers laugh until they cry. The medical meaning of infuse is to introduce a medicinal therapy through a patient's vein. When you're badly dehydrated, doctors may need to infuse you with fluids. The Latin root infusus means "to pour into."

Definitions of infuse
1

v fill, as with a certain quality

Synonyms:
impregnate, instill, tincture
Type of:
fill, fill up, make full
make full, also in a metaphorical sense

v teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions

Synonyms:
inculcate, instill
Types:
din
instill (into a person) by constant repetition
Type of:
drill
teach by repetition

v undergo the process of infusion

“the mint tea is infusing
Synonyms:
steep
let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse
Type of:
steep
let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse

v let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse

Synonyms:
steep
Types:
marinade, marinate
soak in marinade
decoct
steep in hot water
draw
steep; pass through a strainer
Type of:
imbue, soak
fill, soak, or imbue totally

v introduce into the body through a vein, for therapeutic purposes

“Some physiologists infuses sugar solutions into the veins of animals”
Type of:
inject, shoot
give an injection to

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