suf|fuse [səˈfju:z] v [T] literary
[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of suffundere 'to pour beneath, suffuse', from sub- ( SUB-) + fundere 'to pour']
1.) if warmth, colour, liquid etc suffuses something or someone, it covers or spreads through them
The light of the setting sun suffused the clouds.
Hot colour suffused her cheeks.
2.) be suffused with sth
if someone is suffused with a feeling, they are full of that feeling
She was suffused with happiness.

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  • suffuse — UK [səˈfjuːz] / US [səˈfjuz] verb [transitive] Word forms suffuse : present tense I/you/we/they suffuse he/she/it suffuses present participle suffusing past tense suffused past participle suffused literary to spread over or through something A… …   English dictionary

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