Definitions for infectɪnˈfɛkt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. infect(verb)

    communicate a disease to

    "Your children have infected you with this head cold"

  2. infect, taint(verb)

    contaminate with a disease or microorganism

  3. infect(verb)

    corrupt with ideas or an ideology

    "society was infected by racism"

  4. infect(verb)

    affect in a contagious way

    "His laughter infects everyone who is in the same room"


  1. infect(Verb)

    to bring into contact with a substance that can cause illness (a pathogen)

  2. infect(Verb)

    to make somebody enthusiastic about one's own passion

    Her passion for dancing has infected me.

  3. Origin: From infectus, perfect passive participle of inficio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Infect(verb)

    infected. Cf. Enfect

  2. Infect(verb)

    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

  3. Infect(verb)

    to affect with infectious disease; to communicate infection to; as, infected with the plague

  4. Infect(verb)

    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

  5. Infect(verb)

    to contaminate with illegality or to expose to penalty

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