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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Infect  \In*fect"\,  a.  [L.  infectus:  cf  F.  infect.  See  {Infect}, 
  v.  t.] 
  Infected.  Cf  {Enfect}.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Infect  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  infect 
  v  1:  fill  with  revolutionary  ideas  [syn:  {revolutionize},  {inspire}] 
  2:  communicate  a  disease  to  "Your  children  have  infected  you 
  with  this  bead  cold" 
  3:  contaminate  with  a  disease  or  microorganism  [syn:  {taint}] 
  [ant:  {disinfect}] 




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