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infect

in·fect

infect

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn fekt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: infected, infecting, infects
definition: to spread germs or disease to.
If you cover your mouth when you cough, you won't infect others with your cold.
derivation: infector (infecter) (n.)
Word Parts
The word infect contains the following parts:
in-1 Latin prefix that means in, into, on
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The prefix in-1 occurs in Latin loanwords and thus attaches to Latin roots (infect , inscribe ). -in1 has multiple forms, as the "n" sound in in- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms il-1, im-1, and ir-1.
fac, fic, fec, fact, fect Latin root that means make, do
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This root is also the origin of the suffixes "-fy, -ify, -efy" and "-ification, -efaction".