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.]
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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 expose to penalty.
Syn. -- To poison; vitiate; pollute; defile.
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