English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'infect'

(verb) 
Definition
to contaminate (a person or thing) with a germ or virus or its consequent disease
A single mosquito can infect a large number of people.
Synonyms
,
transmit disease to
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spread disease to or among
(verb) 
Definition
to taint or contaminate
The birds infect the milk.
Synonyms
pollute
beaches polluted by sewage pumped into the sea
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dirty
He was afraid the dog's hairs might dirty the seats.
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poison
The land has been completely poisoned by chemicals.
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foul
sea grass fouled with black tar
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contaminate
The fishing waters have been contaminated with toxic wastes.
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taint
Rancid oil will taint the flavour.
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defile
piles of old clothes defiled with excrement
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vitiate
His otherwise admirable character is vitiated by his pride.
(verb) 
Definition
to affect with an opinion or feeling as if by contagion
I was infected by her fear.
Synonyms
affect
He loved his sister, and her loss clearly still affects him.
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move
These stories surprised and moved me.
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touch
It has touched me deeply to see how these people live.
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influence
What you eat may influence your risk of getting cancer.
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upset
The champion was upset by a rank outsider.
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overcome
I don't know what to say! I'm quite overcome.
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stir
I was intrigued by him, stirred by his intellect.
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disturb
He had been disturbed by the news of the attack.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of corrupt
in the sense of defile
Definition
to make foul or dirty
piles of old clothes defiled with excrement
Synonyms
make foul,
smirch,
befoul
in the sense of dirty
Definition
to make dirty
He was afraid the dog's hairs might dirty the seats.
Synonyms
mess up,
smirch,
begrime

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