verb (used with object)
to affect or contaminate (a person, organ, wound, etc.) with disease-producing germs.
to affect with disease.
to taint or contaminate with something that affects quality, character, or condition unfavorably:
to infect the air with poison gas.
to corrupt or affect morally:
The news of the gold strike infected him with greed.
to imbue with some pernicious belief, opinion, etc.
to affect with a computer virus.
to affect so as to influence feeling or action:
His courage infected the others.
Law. to taint with illegality, or expose to penalty, forfeiture, etc.
verb (used without object)
to become infected.
verb (mainly transitive)
to infect or contaminate again
verb (mainly transitive)
to cause infection in; contaminate (an organism, wound, etc) with pathogenic microorganisms
(also intransitive) to affect or become affected with a communicable disease
to taint, pollute, or contaminate
to affect, esp adversely, as if by contagion
(computing) to affect with a computer virus
(mainly international law) to taint with crime or illegality; expose to penalty or subject to forfeiture
(archaic) contaminated or polluted with or as if with a disease; infected
infect in·fect (ĭn-fěkt’)
v. in·fect·ed, in·fect·ing, in·fects
To contaminate with a pathogenic microorganism or agent.
To communicate a pathogen or disease to another organism.
To invade and produce infection in an organ or body part.
noun 1. an act or fact of infecting; state of being infected. 2. an infecting with germs of disease, as through the medium of infected insects, air, water, or clothing. 3. an infecting agency or influence. 4. an infectious disease: Is this infection very dangerous? 5. the condition of suffering an infection. 6. corruption of […]
noun 1. the act of infesting; state of being infested. 2. a harassing or troublesome invasion: an infestation of ants.
verb (used with object), inflated, inflating. 1. to distend; swell or puff out; dilate: The king cobra inflates its hood. 2. to cause to expand or distend with air or gas: to inflate a balloon. 3. to puff up with pride, satisfaction, etc. 4. to elate. 5. Economics. to expand (money, prices, an economy, etc.) […]
noun 1. Economics. a persistent, substantial rise in the general level of prices related to an increase in the volume of money and resulting in the loss of value of currency (opposed to deflation). 2. the act of inflating. 3. the state of being inflated. noun 1. the act of inflating or state of being […]