Infest

usgb/ɪnˈfest/Volume
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Negative ConnotationPlay
Infest usually implies a situation is serious and the creatures or things are causing harm. SlideThe lake was infested with harmful algae.
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Large NumbersPlay
Use 'infest' when there are many pests or unwanted things, not just one or a few. SlideThe old barn was infested with bats.
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Undesirable PresencePlay
'Infest' is used when the creatures or things are unwelcome and usually difficult to remove. SlideThe park has been infested with invasive species.