What does infect mean?

Definitions for infectɪnˈfɛkt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word infect.

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

  6. Origin: [L. infectus: cf. F. infect. See Infect, v. t.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Infect

    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, infectumin, into facĕre, to make.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of infect in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of infect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Plato:

    False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.

  2. Joana Carmo:

    Anisakis can infect salmon, herring, cod, mackerel, squids, halibut and red snapper.

  3. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Happiness resides in your mind. Never infect your mind with negative thoughts or happiness will fly away.

  4. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    The cause of depression and stress are negative thoughts, be positive, never infect your mind with negative thoughts.

  5. Rebecca Pruthi:

    Fungal infections may infect the skin, like with athletes foot, or the nails, which can be extremely difficult to get rid of.

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