Impute vs Infuse - What's the difference?

impute | infuse |

As verbs the difference between impute and infuse

is that impute is while infuse is to cause to become an element of something; to insert or fill.




  • 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:
  • 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.
  • * 1856 February, , “(Oliver Goldsmith)” in the (eighth edition), volume and page numbers unknown:
  • He was vain, sensual, frivolous, profuse, improvident. One vice of a darker shade was imputed to him, envy.
  • * 1956–1960 , (second edition, 1960), chapter ii: “Motives and Motivation”, page 29:
  • We ascribe or impute motives to others and avow them or confess to them in ourselves.
  • (theology) To ascribe (sin or righteousness) (to) someone by substitution.
  • * 2009 , (Diarmaid MacCulloch), A History of Christianity , Penguin (2010), page 607:
  • 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 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”, page 328:
  • 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.
  • To attribute or credit to.
  • We imputed this quotation to Shakespeare.
    People impute great cleverness to cats.
  • To attribute (responsibility or fault) to a cause or source.
  • The teacher imputed the student's failure to his nervousness.


    * ascribe, assign, attribute, charge, reckon, consider, imply, insinuate


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  • 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).
  • * Coxe
  • One scruple of dried leaves is infused in ten ounces of warm water.
  • To inspire; to inspirit or animate; to fill (with).
  • * Shakespeare
  • Infuse his breast with magnanimity.
  • * Shakespeare
  • infusing him with self and vain conceit
  • To instill as a quality.
  • * Shakespeare
  • That souls of animals infuse themselves / Into the trunks of men.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • 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?
  • To undergo infusion.
  • * Let it infuse for five minutes.
  • To make an infusion with (an ingredient); to tincture; to saturate.
  • (Francis Bacon)
  • (obsolete) To pour in, as a liquid; to pour (into or upon); to shed.
  • * Denham
  • That strong Circean liquor cease to infuse .


    * 1902 Webster's International dictionary. * 1984 Consise Oxford 7th ed.

    See also

    * fuse ----