Infected. Cf. Enfect.
- To contaminate with a pathogenic microorganism or agent.
- To communicate a pathogen or disease to.
- To invade and produce infection in.
- To contaminate or corrupt: envy that infected their thoughts; a society that was infected by racism.
- To affect in a contagious way: "His fear infected me, and . . . I followed as fast as I could” ( W.H. Hudson).