• IPA: /ɪnˈfɛkt/

infect (infects, present participle infecting; past and past participle infected)

  1. (transitive) To bring into contact with a substance that causes illness (a pathogen).
    Not everyone will be infected when an epidemic strikes.
  2. (transitive) To make somebody enthusiastic about one's own passion.
    Her passion for dancing has infected me.
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infect (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Infected.
    • 1602, William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, I. iii. 187:
      And in the imitation of these twain, / Who, as Ulysses says, opinion crowns / With an imperial voice, many are infect.

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