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Meaning of INFEST

Pronunciation:  in'fest

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  invade in great numbers, as of pests
  2. [v]  live on or in a host, as of parasites
  3. [v]  occupy in large numbers or live on a host; "cockroaches invaded my kitchen"; "Ants overran the picnic table"; "the Kudzu plant infests much of the South and is spreading to the North"

INFEST is a 6 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: invade, overrun, overrun
 See Also: inhabit, invade, occupy, occupy



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*fest"\, a. [L. infestus. See {Infest}, v. t.]
    Mischievous; hurtful; harassing. [Obs.] --Spenser.
  2. \In*fest"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Infested}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Infesting}.] [L. infestare, fr. infestus disturbed,
    hostile, troublesome; in in, against + the root of defendere:
    cf. F. infester. See {Defend}.]
    To trouble greatly by numbers or by frequency of presence; to
    disturb; to annoy; to frequent and molest or harass; as,
    fleas infest dogs and cats; a sea infested with pirates.
          To poison vermin that infest his plants. --Cowper.
          These, said the genius, are envy, avarice,
          superstition, love, with the like cares and passions
          that infest human life.                  --Addison.
          And the cares, that infest the day, Shall fold their
          tents, like the Arabs, And as silently steal away.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: beset, crawl with, creep with, flood, infiltrate, inundate, invade, overrun, overspread, overswarm, penetrate, permeate, pervade, plague, ravage, swarm, swarm over, swarm with