infect has definitions from the fields of medicine,education
1
[ verb ] (medicine) communicate a disease to

Examples

"Your children have infected you with this bead cold"

Used in print

(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)

It is like a mysterious epidemic which , starting first with Abigail and Parris , spreads inexorably with a dreadfully growing virulence through the whole town until all have been infected by it .

(A. N. Nagaraj and L. M. Black, "Localization of...)

The concentration and apparent localization of the WTV antigen in pseudophloem tissue of the tumor may indicate that the virus preferentially multiplies in the phloem and may need to be directly placed in this tissue in_order_to infect plants .

Related terms

give canker infection

2
[ verb ] (education) fill with revolutionary ideas

Used in print

(The Providence Journal...)

Mulligan 's band has been infected with his solid sense of swing , and what it does seems far more meaningful than most_of the noise generated by the big concert aggregations .

Related terms

indoctrinate galvaniser

3
[ verb ] contaminate with a disease or microorganism

Synonyms

taint

Used in print

(Ann Ritner, Seize a Nettle....)

It was so cold and so wretched that a sort_of desperate gaiety infected all_of them , like people stormbound or shipwrecked or caught in some other freak of circumstance so_that time stood_still and minor anxieties fell_away and the only important thing was to cling together and survive .

4
[ verb ] contaminate with ideas or an ideology

Examples

"society was infected by racism"

Related terms

corrupt

5
[ verb ] affect in a contagious way

Examples

"His laughter infects everyone who is in the same room"

Related terms

affect contagion

*