from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To arouse to passionate feeling or action.
- intransitive verb To make more violent; intensify.
- intransitive verb To cause (the skin) to redden or grow hot, as from strong emotion or stimulants.
- intransitive verb To turn red or make glow.
- intransitive verb To produce inflammation in (a tissue or organ).
- intransitive verb To set on fire; kindle.
- intransitive verb To become excited or aroused.
- intransitive verb To be affected by inflammation.
- intransitive verb To catch fire.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To set on fire; kindle; cause to burn with a flame.
- To raise to an unnatural or morbid heat; make hot or red as if from flame; excite inflammation in: as, wine inflames the blood; the skin is inflamed by an eruption.
- To excite to a high degree; stimulate to high or excessive action or emotion; exacerbate; make violent: as, to
inflamethe passions; to inflame the populace.
- To aggravate in amount; magnify; exaggerate.
- Synonyms To fire, arouse, nettle, incense, enrage.
- To take fire; burst into flame; glow with ardor of action or feeling.
- To become inflamed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- intransitive verb To grow morbidly hot, congested, or painful; to become angry or incensed.
- transitive verb To set on fire; to kindle; to cause to burn, flame, or glow.
- transitive verb Fig.: To kindle or intensify, as passion or appetite; to excite to an excessive or unnatural action or heat.
- transitive verb To provoke to anger or rage; to exasperate; to irritate; to incense; to enrage.
- transitive verb (Med.) To put in a state of inflammation; to produce morbid heat, congestion, or swelling, of.
- transitive verb obsolete To exaggerate; to enlarge upon.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb To set on
fire; to kindle; to cause to burn, flame, or glow.
- verb figuratively To
kindleor intensify, as passion or appetite; to exciteto an excessive or unnatural action or heat; as, to inflame desire.
- verb To
provoketo anger or rage; to exasperate; to irritate; to incense; to enrage.
- verb To put in a state of
inflammation; to produce morbid heat, congestion, or swelling, of; as, to inflame the eyes by overwork.
- verb To
exaggerate; to enlarge upon.
- verb To grow morbidly hot,
congested, or painful; to become angryor incensed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb become inflamed; get sore
- verb catch fire
- verb cause to start burning
- verb arouse or excite feelings and passions
- verb cause inflammation in
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
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