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Verb: infect  in'fekt
  1. Communicate a disease to
    "Your children have infected you with this head cold"
     
  2. Contaminate with a disease or microorganism
    - taint
     
  3. Corrupt with ideas or an ideology
    "society was infected by racism"
     
  4. Affect in a contagious way
    "His laughter infects everyone who is in the same room"

Derived forms: infects, infecting, infected

Type of: affect, contaminate, corrupt, debase, debauch, demoralise [Brit], demoralize, deprave, foul, give, impress, misdirect, move, pervert, pollute, profane, strike, subvert, vitiate

Antonym: disinfect

Encyclopedia: Infect