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    The word 'infuse' is defined as follows;

    [Merriam-Webster] to steep in liquid (as water) without boiling so as to extract the soluble constituents or principles
    [American Heritage]
    To flavor or scent (a liquid) by steeping ingredients in it
    [Dictionary.com] to steep or soak in a liquid so as to extract the soluble properties or ingredients.

    [Macmillan] if you infuse something such as leaves or herbs, or if they infuse, you put them in to hot water in order to make a drink, medicine,
    or beauty treatment
    [Oxford]if you infuse herbs, etc. or they infuse, you put them in hot water until the flavor has passed into the water

    As you can see, 'infuse' is slightly differently defined per the dictionaries.
    The feature in question is whether boiling procedure or hot water is involved or not.
    If I say, "The chef infuses the tea leaves". what meaning would I deliver to the hearer? (with or without boiling water?)
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    "Hot water" is not the same as "boiling water". None of those definitions suggest you should use boiling water.
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    Thank you for the answer.
    So it means any liquid can be concerned except the case that the water is boiling at the very moment when I put tea leaves into it.

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    Default Re: infuse

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Hot water" is not the same as "boiling water". None of those definitions suggest you should use boiling water.
    Nice answer. But what was the question?

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    I wonder why my post is not visible now.

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    It's visible to me.

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    I can't see the original post. Even after re-log in, it is still so. What possible reasons are there?

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    It should all be visible now. Your post had been put into moderation because it contained links and you are quite new so we keep an eye on them. I have now approved the post and deleted the links because they were unnecessary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johm7712 View Post
    Thank you for the answer.
    So it means any liquid can be concerned except the case that the water is boiling at the very moment when I put tea leaves into it.
    No. The water cannot boil at any time during the infusion/steeping process. If the water previously boiled, that's OK as long as it is not boiling when the tea leaves go in, but the water must not then boil while the tea leaves are in it.
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    Your explanation is as specific and accurate as I can imagine it to be. Thanks again and I totally grasp what possible situations are to be involved when I use the word 'infuse'.

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