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English definition of “infect”

infect

verb [T] (DISEASE)    /ɪnˈfekt/
C1 to pass a disease to a person, animal, or plant: The ward was full of children infected with TB. All the tomato plants are infected with a virus.Passing on illness and causing disease C2 If a place, wound, or substance is infected, it contains bacteria or other things that can cause disease: The meat had been infected by E coli bacteria.
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