Definitions for infectɪnˈfɛkt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to affect or contaminate with disease-producing germs.
to taint or contaminate with any harmful substance:
to infect the air with poison gas.
to corrupt or affect morally.
to imbue with some pernicious belief, opinion, etc.
to affect so as to imbue with similar feeling:
His courage infected the others.
to affect with a computer virus.
Origin of infect:
1350–1400; ME < L infectus, ptp. of inficere to immerse in dye, taint, infect
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to make a disease spread
a virus infecting thousands of children
to cause an infection
bacteria infecting the wound
(of a computer virus) to cause damage to a computer system
a virus that infects your hard drive
to cause to feel or be affected by an emotion
We were all infected by his humor.
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
Translations for infect
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to fill with germs that cause disease; to give a disease to
You must wash that cut on your knee in case it becomes infected; She had a bad cold last week and has infected the rest of the class.
- aansteek, besmetAfrikaans
- يُصيب بالعَدوى، يُدْخِل جُرْثومَهArabic
- заразявам сеBulgarian
- infectarPortuguese (BR)
- inficere; smitteDanish
- μολύνω, κολλώGreek
- nakkama, nakatumaEstonian
- آلوده کردن؛ چرک کردنFarsi
- छूत लगानाHindi
- menjangkiti, menulariIndonesian
- infettare, contagiareItalian
- inficēt; aplipinātLatvian
- smitte, påføre (en sykdom)Norwegian
- zakazić, zarazićPolish
- آلوده کردن؛ چرک کردنPersian
- کسیف کولPashto
- a infectaRomanian
- infektera, smitta [ner]Swedish
- bulaştırmak, geçirmekTurkish
- 感染, 傳染Chinese (Trad.)
- جراثیم زدہ کرناUrdu
- lây nhiễmVietnamese
- 感染，传染Chinese (Simp.)
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