Infect



[in-fekt] /ɪnˈfɛkt/

verb (used with object)
1.
to affect or contaminate (a person, organ, wound, etc.) with disease-producing germs.
2.
to affect with disease.
3.
to taint or contaminate with something that affects quality, character, or condition unfavorably:
to infect the air with poison gas.
4.
to corrupt or affect morally:
The news of the gold strike infected him with greed.
5.
to imbue with some pernicious belief, opinion, etc.
6.
to affect with a computer virus.
7.
to affect so as to influence feeling or action:
His courage infected the others.
8.
Law. to taint with illegality, or expose to penalty, forfeiture, etc.
verb (used without object)
9.
to become infected.
adjective
10.
Archaic. infected.
/ɪnˈfɛkt/
verb (mainly transitive)
1.
to cause infection in; contaminate (an organism, wound, etc) with pathogenic microorganisms
2.
(also intransitive) to affect or become affected with a communicable disease
3.
to taint, pollute, or contaminate
4.
to affect, esp adversely, as if by contagion
5.
(computing) to affect with a computer virus
6.
(mainly international law) to taint with crime or illegality; expose to penalty or subject to forfeiture
adjective
7.
(archaic) contaminated or polluted with or as if with a disease; infected
v.

late 14c., from Latin infectus, past participle of inficere “to spoil, stain,” literally “to put in to, dip into,” from in- “in” (see in- (2)) + facere “perform” (see factitious). Related: Infected; infecting.

infect in·fect (ĭn-fěkt’)
v. in·fect·ed, in·fect·ing, in·fects

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