To reckon as pertaining or attributable; to charge; to ascribe; to attribute; to set to the account of; to charge to one as the author, responsible originator, or possessor; -- generally in a bad sense.
* 1751 , (Thomas Gray), , lines 37–40:
* 1856 February, , “(Oliver Goldsmith)” in the (eighth edition), volume and page numbers unknown:
- Nor you, ye proud, impute to these the fault, // If mem’ry o’er their tomb no trophies raise, // Where thro’ the long-drawn isle and fretted vault, // The pealing anthem swells the note of praise.
* 1956–1960 , (second edition, 1960), chapter ii: “Motives and Motivation”, page 29:
- He was vain, sensual, frivolous, profuse, improvident. One vice of a darker shade was imputed to him, envy.
(theology) To ascribe (sin or righteousness) (to) someone by substitution.
* 2009 , (Diarmaid MacCulloch), A History of Christianity , Penguin (2010), page 607:
- We ascribe or impute motives to others and avow them or confess to them in ourselves.
To take account of; to consider; to regard.
* 1788 , (Edward Gibbon), (The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire) VI, chapter lxiv, “A.D. 1355–1391: The Emperor John Palæologus; Discord of the Greeks”,
- To use the technical language of theologians, God through his grace ‘imputes ’ the merits of the crucified and risen Christ to a fallen human being who remains without inherent merit, and who without this ‘imputation’ would not be ‘made’ righteous at all.
To attribute or credit to.
- They ?erved with honour in the wars of Bajazet; but a plan of fortifying Con?tantinople excited his jealou?y: he threatened their lives; the new works were in?tantly demoli?hed; and we ?hall be?tow a prai?e, perhaps above the merit of Palæologus, if we impute this la?t humiliation as the cau?e of his death.
- We imputed this quotation to Shakespeare.
To attribute (responsibility or fault) to a cause or source.
- People impute great cleverness to cats.
- The teacher imputed the student's failure to his nervousness.
* ascribe, assign, attribute, charge, reckon, consider, imply, insinuate
To cause to become an element of something; to insert or fill.
To steep in a liquid, so as to extract the soluble constituents (usually medicinal or herbal).
To inspire; to inspirit or animate; to fill (with).
- One scruple of dried leaves is infused in ten ounces of warm water.
- Infuse his breast with magnanimity.
To instill as a quality.
- infusing him with self and vain conceit
* Jonathan Swift
- That souls of animals infuse themselves / Into the trunks of men.
To undergo infusion.
* Let it infuse for five minutes.
To make an infusion with (an ingredient); to tincture; to saturate.
- Why should he desire to have qualities infused into his son, which himself never possessed, or knew, or found the want of, in the acquisition of his wealth?
(obsolete) To pour in, as a liquid; to pour (into or upon); to shed.
- (Francis Bacon)
- That strong Circean liquor cease to infuse .
* 1902 Webster's International dictionary.
* 1984 Consise Oxford 7th ed.