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Meaning of INFECT

Pronunciation:  in'fekt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  contaminate with a disease or microorganism
  2. [v]  communicate a disease to; "Your children have infected you with this head cold"
  3. [v]  affect in a contagious way; "His laughter infects everyone who is in the same room"
  4. [v]  contaminate with ideas or an ideology; "society was infected by racism"

INFECT is a 6 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: taint
 Antonyms: disinfect
 See Also: affect, canker, contaminate, corrupt, debase, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, foul, give, impress, misdirect, move, pervert, pollute, profane, smut, strike, subvert, superinfect, vitiate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*fect"\, a. [L. infectus: cf. F. infect. See {Infect},
    v. t.]
    Infected. Cf. {Enfect}. [Obs.] --Shak.
  2. \In*fect"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Infected}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Infecting}.] [L. infectus, p. p. of inficere to put or
    dip into, to stain, infect; pref. in- in + facere to make;
    cf. F. infecter. See {Fact}.]
    1. 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.
    2. To affect with infectious disease; to communicate
       infection to; as, infected with the plague.
             Them that were left alive being infected with this
             disease.                              --Sir T.
    3. 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. --Cowper.
             Infected Ston's daughters with like heat. --Milton.
    4. (Law) To contaminate with illegality or to expose to
    Syn: To poison; vitiate; pollute; defile.
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