Definitions for: Infect


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



Webster (1913) Definition: In*fect", a. [L. infectus: cf. F. infect. See Infect,
v. t.]
Infected. Cf. Enfect. [Obs.] --Shak.


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.
North.

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
penalty.

Syn: To poison; vitiate; pollute; defile.

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

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