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Definition 1: contaminate with a disease or microorganism - [verb of body]

Synonyms for infect in the sense of this definition

(infect is a kind of ...) make impure

"The industrial wastes polluted the lake"

(... is a kind of infect ) infect (an infected cell) further or infect a cell already containing similar organisms

(... is a kind of infect ) affect with smut or mildew, as of a crop such as corn

Definition 2: communicate a disease to - [verb of body]

Samples where infect or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Your children have infected you with this head cold

(infect is a kind of ...) cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense

"She gave him a black eye" "The draft gave me a cold"

(... is a kind of infect ) infect with a canker

Definition 3: affect in a contagious way - [verb of cognition]

Samples where infect or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • His laughter infects everyone who is in the same room

(infect is a kind of ...) have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

"This child impressed me as unusually mature" "This behavior struck me as odd" "he was dumb-struck by the news" "her comments struck a sour note"

Samples where infect or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • society was infected by racism

(infect is a kind of ...) corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

"debauch the young people with wine and women" "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men" "Do school counselors subvert young children?" "corrupt the morals"

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