communicate a disease to
"Your children have infected you with this head cold"
contaminate with a disease or microorganism
corrupt with ideas or an ideology
"society was infected by racism"
affect in a contagious way
"His laughter infects everyone who is in the same room"
to bring into contact with a substance that can cause illness (a pathogen)
to make somebody enthusiastic about one's own passion
Her passion for dancing has infected me.
Origin: From infectus, perfect passive participle of inficio.
infected. Cf. Enfect
to taint with morbid matter or any pestilential or noxious substance or effluvium by which disease is produced; as, to infect a lancet; to infect an apartment
to affect with infectious disease; to communicate infection to; as, infected with the plague
to communicate to or affect with, as qualities or emotions, esp. bad qualities; to corrupt; to contaminate; to taint by the communication of anything noxious or pernicious
to contaminate with illegality or to expose to penalty
Origin: [L. infectus: cf. F. infect. See Infect, v. t.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
in-fekt′, v.t. to taint, especially with disease: to corrupt: to poison.—adj. (Shak.) tainted.—n. Infec′tion, act of infecting: that which infects or taints.—adjs. Infec′tious, Infect′ive, having the quality of infecting: corrupting: apt to spread.—adv. Infec′tiously.—n. Infec′tiousness. [Fr.,—L. inficĕre, infectum—in, into facĕre, to make.]
The numerical value of infect in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of infect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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- nakazit, infikovatCzech
- anstecken, infizierenGerman
- alborotar, infectar, contagiarSpanish
- infectar, contagiarPortuguese
- contamina, infectaRomanian
- заразить, заражать, инфицироватьRussian
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