infest

Part of speech: verb

To fill or overrun annoyingly or harmfully.

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Usage examples "infest":

  1. Its disorganized condition, the devastation of property by bands of murderers and marauders who infest nearly every County in the State, and avail themselves of the public misfortunes and the vicinity of a hostile force to gratify private and neighborhood vengeance, and who find an enemy wherever they find plunder, finally demand the severest measures to repress the daily increasing crimes and outrages which are driving off the inhabitants and ruining the State. - "The Struggle for Missouri", John McElroy.
  2. The Sainian pirates, who infest the whole Ionian coast, took the messenger captive and brought Oroetes' letter to their master Polykrates. - "The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers", Georg Ebers.
  3. If it were as nervously active as most warblers, we should more often discover it, but it is quite as deliberate as a vireo, and in the painstaking way in which it often circles around a tree while searching for spiders and other insects that infest the trunks, it reminds us of the brown creeper. - "Bird-Neighbors", Blanchan, Neltje.