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in·fest

 (ĭn-fĕst′)
tr.v. in·fest·ed, in·fest·ing, in·fests
1. To inhabit or overrun in numbers or quantities large enough to be harmful, threatening, or obnoxious: rats infesting the sewers; streets that were infested with drugs.
2. To live as a parasite in or on: livestock that were infested with tapeworms.

[Middle English infesten, to distress, from Old French infester, from Latin īnfestāre, from īnfestus, hostile; see gwhedh- in Indo-European roots.]

in′fes·ta′tion n.

infest

(ɪnˈfɛst)
vb (tr)
1. to inhabit or overrun in dangerously or unpleasantly large numbers
2. (of parasites such as lice) to invade and live on or in (a host)
[C15: from Latin infestāre to molest, from infestus hostile]
ˌinfesˈtation n
inˈfester n

in•fest

(ɪnˈfɛst)

v.t.
1. to live in or overrun to an unwanted degree or in a troublesome manner.
2. to cause to suffer a prevalence of.
[1375–1425; Middle English < Latin infestāre to assail, molest, derivative of infestus hostile]

infest


Past participle: infested
Gerund: infesting

Imperative
infest
infest
Present
I infest
you infest
he/she/it infests
we infest
you infest
they infest
Preterite
I infested
you infested
he/she/it infested
we infested
you infested
they infested
Present Continuous
I am infesting
you are infesting
he/she/it is infesting
we are infesting
you are infesting
they are infesting
Present Perfect
I have infested
you have infested
he/she/it has infested
we have infested
you have infested
they have infested
Past Continuous
I was infesting
you were infesting
he/she/it was infesting
we were infesting
you were infesting
they were infesting
Past Perfect
I had infested
you had infested
he/she/it had infested
we had infested
you had infested
they had infested
Future
I will infest
you will infest
he/she/it will infest
we will infest
you will infest
they will infest
Future Perfect
I will have infested
you will have infested
he/she/it will have infested
we will have infested
you will have infested
they will have infested
Future Continuous
I will be infesting
you will be infesting
he/she/it will be infesting
we will be infesting
you will be infesting
they will be infesting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been infesting
you have been infesting
he/she/it has been infesting
we have been infesting
you have been infesting
they have been infesting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been infesting
you will have been infesting
he/she/it will have been infesting
we will have been infesting
you will have been infesting
they will have been infesting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been infesting
you had been infesting
he/she/it had been infesting
we had been infesting
you had been infesting
they had been infesting
Conditional
I would infest
you would infest
he/she/it would infest
we would infest
you would infest
they would infest
Past Conditional
I would have infested
you would have infested
he/she/it would have infested
we would have infested
you would have infested
they would have infested
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.infest - invade in great numbersinfest - invade in great numbers; "the roaches infested our kitchen"
invade, occupy - march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation; "Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939"
2.infest - occupy in large numbers or live on a hostinfest - occupy in large numbers or live on a host; "the Kudzu plant infests much of the South and is spreading to the North"
inhabit - be present in; "sweet memories inhabit this house"
3.infest - live on or in a host, as of parasitesinfest - live on or in a host, as of parasites
inhabit - be present in; "sweet memories inhabit this house"

infest

verb overrun, flood, invade, penetrate, ravage, swarm, throng, beset, permeate Crime and drugs are infesting the inner cities.
Translations
يَجْتاح، يَغْزو، يَنتاب، يَمْتَلئ
zamořit
angribehjemsøge
herja á; flæîa yfir
apnikimas
apsēsts
zamoriť
kaplamak

infest

[ɪnˈfest] VTinfestar
to be infested with sthestar infestado or plagado de algo

infest

[ɪnˈfɛst] vt
[insects, rats] → infester rat-infested, shark-infested

infest

vt (rats, lice) → herfallen über (+acc); (plague also) → befallen; (fig: unwanted people) → heimsuchen, verseuchen; (crime, drugs etc)verseuchen; to be infested with ratsmit Ratten verseucht sein; to be infested (with lice etc) → mit Ungeziefer verseucht sein

infest

[ɪnˈfɛst] vtinfestare

infest

(inˈfest) verb
(of something bad) to swarm over and cover or fill. The dog was infested with fleas.
ˌinfeˈstation (infe-) noun

infest

vt infestar; infested with infestado de; to get o become infested with infestarse de
References in classic literature ?
If such a spirit should infest the councils of the Union, the most certain road to the accomplishment of its aim would be to employ the State officers as much as possible, and to attach them to the Union by an accumulation of their emoluments.
Immediately the moon shone out as brightly as if all the troubles of the world, and all the wickedness and the ugliness that infest human life, were past and gone forever.
The night will soon fall; this forest is most wild and lonely; strange noises are often heard therein after sunset; wolves haunt these glades, and Danish warriors infest the country; worse things are talked of; you might chance to hear, as it were, a child cry, and on opening the door to afford it succour, a greet black bull, or a shadowy goblin dog, might rush over the threshold; or, more awful still, if something flapped, as with wings, against the lattice, and then a raven or a white dove flew in and settled on the hearth, such a visitor would be a sure sign of misfortune to the house; therefore, heed my advice, and lift the latchet for nothing.
I fatten a good deal of poultry, but I have to buy grain, and you cannot imagine the army of rats that infest this place.
And the night shall be filled with music, And the cares that infest the day Shall fold their tents like the Arabs, And as silently steal away.
To this the porter replied, as well as he could for trepidation, that he had once before heard of this sea-beast; that it was a cruel demon, with bowels of sulphur and blood of fire, created by evil genii as the means of inflicting misery upon mankind; that the things upon its back were vermin, such as sometimes infest cats and dogs, only a little larger and more savage; and that these vermin had their uses, however evil -- for, through the torture they caused the beast by their nibbling and stingings, it was goaded into that degree of wrath which was requisite to make it roar and commit ill, and so fulfil the vengeful and malicious designs of the wicked genii.
They crowd you-- infest you--swarm about you, and sweat and smell offensively, and look sneaking and mean, and obsequious.
During the year that followed, Clayton was several times attacked by the great apes which now seemed to continually infest the vicinity of the cabin; but as he never again ventured outside without both rifle and revolvers he had little fear of the huge beasts.
They will not sting, but they may infest the victuals," said Miss Allan, and measures were taken at once to divert the ants from their course.