infest


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infest

overrun or beset: shark-infested waters
Not to be confused with:
infect – affect with disease; contaminate; damage

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 ?
They crowd you-- infest you--swarm about you, and sweat and smell offensively, and look sneaking and mean, and obsequious.
Should he not reach the English or French territories, what was to become of him in the midst of the barbarous tribes that infest the coasts of Guinea?
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.
Injun Joe infested all his dreams, and always with doom in his eye.
If the whole land was infested by these and similar horrid monsters, life would be impossible upon it, and we decided that we would only search long enough to find and take aboard fresh water and such meat and fruits as might be safely procurable and then retrace our way beneath the cliffs to the open sea.
This was done and the leeches, both present and absent, were ordered to leave the places that they had infested within three days on pain of incurring "the malediction of God." In the voluminous records of this
Our way lay across high mountains infested with frightful serpents, but we had the good luck to escape them and came at last to the seashore.
All this coast is much infested with ravenous beasts, monkeys, and serpents, of which last here are some seven feet in length, and thicker than an ordinary man; in the head of this serpent is found a stone about the bigness of an egg, resembling bezoar, and of great efficacy, as it is said, against all kinds of poison.
Between Omaha and the Pacific the railway crosses a territory which is still infested by Indians and wild beasts, and a large tract which the Mormons, after they were driven from Illinois in 1845, began to colonise.
In their eagerness to mislead them they betrayed themselves into danger, and got into a region infested with the Blackfeet.
They painted in strong colors, to the poor Canadian voyageurs, the risk they would run of perishing with hunger and thirst; of being cut off by war-parties of the Sioux who scoured the plains; of having their horses stolen by the Upsarokas or Crows, who infested the skirts of the Rocky Mountains; or of being butchered by the Blackfeet, who lurked among the defiles.
A beard and mustache covered the lower part of his face, and a tangle of hair, infested with lice, curled round his head like a cap.