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infect (someone) with (something)

1. To cause someone or oneself to become ill. Ew, don't infect me with your germs! I know you had a stomach bug just last week!
2. To cause someone to become affected or influenced by something, She's got the most beautiful smile—it just infects everyone with joy.
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infect someone with something

1. to transmit disease-causing organisms to someone. (Someone includes oneself.) Please don't infect me with your cold germs. Somehow, she infected herself with the virus she was studying.
2. to affect someone with something, such as excitement, joy, desires, etc. Her explosive laughter infected everyone with good spirits.
See also: infect
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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