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. verb
    fill, as with a certain quality
    synonyms: impregnate, instill, tincture
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    type of:
    fill, fill up, make full
    make full, also in a metaphorical sense
  2. verb
    teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions
    synonyms: inculcate, instill
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    types:
    din
    instill (into a person) by constant repetition
    type of:
    drill
    teach by repetition
  3. verb
    undergo the process of infusion
    “the mint tea is infusing
    Synonyms:
    steep
    let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse
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    type of:
    steep
    let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse
  4. verb
    let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse
    synonyms: steep
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    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
  5. verb
    introduce into the body through a vein, for therapeutic purposes
    “Some physiologists infuses sugar solutions into the veins of animals”
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    type of:
    inject, shoot
    give an injection to
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