In*fect" (?), a. [L. infectus: cf. F. infect. See Infect, v. t.]

Infected. Cf. Enfect.




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In*fect", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Infected; p. pr. & vb. n. Infecting.] [L. infectus, p. p. of inficere to put or dip into, to stain, infect; pref. in- in + facere to make; cf. F. infecter. See Fact.]


To taint with morbid matter or any pestilential or noxious substance or effluvium by which disease is produced; as, to infect a lancet; to infect an apartment.


To affect with infectious disease; to communicate infection to; as, infected with the plague.

Them that were left alive being infected with this disease. Sir T. North.


To communicate to or affect with, as qualities or emotions, esp. bad qualities; to corrupt; to contaminate; to taint by the communication of anything noxious or pernicious.


Infected Ston's daughters with like heat. Milton.

4. Law

To contaminate with illegality or to expo to penalty.

Syn. -- To poison; vitiate; pollute; defile.


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