Infest

In*fest"

, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Infested; p. pr. & vb. n. Infesting.] [L. infestare, fr. infestus disturbed, hostile, troublesome; in in, against + the root of defendere: cf. F. infester. See Defend.] To trouble greatly by numbers or by frequency of presence; to disturb; to annoy; to frequent and molest or harass; as, fleas infest dogs and cats; a sea infested with pirates.
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To poison vermin that infest his plants.
Cowper.
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These, said the genius, are envy, avarice, superstition, love, with the like cares and passions that infest human life.
Addison.
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And the cares, that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs,
And as silently steal away.
Longfellow.
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