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English verb: infect

1. infect (body) communicate a disease to


SamplesYour children have infected you with this head cold.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody with something


Broader (hypernym)give


Narrower (hyponym)canker

2. infect (body) contaminate with a disease or microorganism


Synonymstaint


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)contaminate, foul, pollute


Narrower (hyponym)smut, superinfect


Antonymsdisinfect

3. infect (social) corrupt with ideas or an ideology


SamplesSociety was infected by racism.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)corrupt, debase, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, pervert, profane, subvert, vitiate

4. infect (cognition) affect in a contagious way


SamplesHis laughter infects everyone who is in the same room.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)affect, impress, move, strike









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