[ in-fleym ]
/ ɪnˈfleɪm /
verb (used with object), in·flamed, in·flam·ing.
to kindle or excite (passions, desires, etc.).
to arouse to a high degree of passion or feeling: His harangue inflamed the rabble.
to incite or rouse, as to violence: His words inflamed the angry mob to riot.
(of an emotion, as rage) to cause to redden or grow heated: Uncontrollable rage inflamed his face.
to cause inflammation in: Her eyes were inflamed with crying.
to raise (the blood, bodily tissue, etc.) to a morbid or feverish heat.
to set aflame, ablaze, or afire; set on fire.
to redden with or as with flames: The setting sun inflames the sky.
verb (used without object), in·flamed, in·flam·ing.
to burst into flame; take fire.
to be kindled, as passion.
to become hot with passion, as the heart.
to become excessively affected with inflammation.
Origin of inflame
in·flam·ed·ness [in-fley-mid-nis] /ɪnˈfleɪ mɪd nɪs/, nounin·flam·er, nounin·flam·ing·ly, adverbre·in·flame, verb, re·in·flamed, re·in·flam·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for in flames
/ (ɪnˈfleɪm) /
to arouse or become aroused to violent emotion
(tr) to increase or intensify; aggravate
to produce inflammation in (a tissue, organ, or part) or (of a tissue, etc) to become inflamed
to set or be set on fire; kindle
(tr) to cause to redden
Derived Formsinflamer, nouninflamingly, adverb
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