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