Definition of effuse in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Give off (a liquid, light, smell, or quality).

    ‘Another was more understated and had no caretakers but effused solemn peace in and of itself.’
    • ‘She effuses sexiness as his love interest in both movies.’
    • ‘Then I meet Suzanne Leff, who effuses kindness.’
    • ‘Each bloom effuses a scent as soft as its appearance.’
    • ‘The leaves of the three trees glow with a blurred, feathery effect that effuses light across the perfectly black sky.’
    1. 1.1no object Talk in an unrestrained, excited manner.
      ‘this was the type of material that they effused about’
      • ‘The latter introduced himself by effusing: ‘I think you're a genius.’’
      • ‘Smith effuses about her wonderful experience.’
      • ‘Asked what she likes best about her work, she effuses, ‘I just love being on stage.’’
      • ‘And the people who usually effuse on these things have never studied economics.’
      • ‘But as a critic is never simply to effuse, I will attempt to bridle my awe at the group's genius for invention and elaboration.…’
      • ‘Approaching the island, the images of huge mist-shrouded crags say it all but Parris feels the need to extemporise and effuse, piling adverb upon adverb into a tower of babbling.’
      • ‘For starters, when the characters sit around effusing about Yelena's beauty, she flits among them in an airy gown and broad-brimmed hat that hides her inclined face.’
      • ‘Anne, from New Zealand, effuses about Lego: ‘Lego puts parents and kids where they belong.’’
      • ‘She effuses over their support, which began with touting assistance in 1979.’
      • ‘‘The crowd response is incredible,’ he effuses.’
      • ‘‘That was the highlight of the whole experience,’ he effuses.’
      • ‘The stranger extends his hand, ‘Hi, I'm Kevin,’ he effuses, smiling almost too broadly.’
      • ‘‘I wish I could take her home with me,’ Mom effused again and again.’
      • ‘‘I'm very happy with my showing,’ Wood effused.’
      • ‘‘Everything she talks about when she comes home is super interesting to me,’ he effuses.’
      • ‘After visiting Stanford University during my senior year in high school, I effused to my parents about my college choice: ‘They've got these really cool sandstone buildings to climb on between classes!’’
      • ‘‘This is the only piece of silverware I've ever won,’ he effused in his acceptance speech.’
      • ‘They are both effusing about my performance.’
      • ‘Oh, I could effuse all day, but must agree that Grant sometimes feels demagoguish to me - but that may say more about me rather than he.’
      • ‘The study, however, highlights some consistent themes, notably that time and again, procurers effused about the extra qualities provided by the smaller supplier.’
      discharge, release, give off, give out, pour out, send forth, throw out, void, effuse, vent, give vent to, issue



/əˈfyo͞oz/ /əˈfjuz/


Late Middle English from Latin effusus, past participle of effundere ‘pour out’, from ex- ‘out’ + fundere ‘pour’.