• Infect

    Pronunciation

    • Rhymes: -ɛkt

    Origin

    From Middle French infect, from Latin infectus, perfect passive participle of inficiō ("dye, taint").

    Full definition of infect

    Verb

    1. (transitive) To bring into contact with a substance that causes illness (a pathogen).
      • 2013, Katie L. Burke, In the News, Bats host many high-profile viruses that can infect humans, including severe acute respiratory syndrome and Ebola.
    2. (transitive) To make somebody enthusiastic about one's own passion.
      Her passion for dancing has infected me.

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    Adjective

    infect

    1. (obsolete) Infected.
      • 1602, William Shakespeare, , I. iii. 187:And in the imitation of these twain,
        Who, as Ulysses says, opinion crowns
        With an imperial voice, many are infect.----
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