inflame

[ in-fleym ]
/ ɪnˈfleɪm /

verb (used with object), in·flamed, in·flam·ing.

verb (used without object), in·flamed, in·flam·ing.


Nearby words

  1. infirmity,
  2. infirmly,
  3. infix,
  4. infixion,
  5. infl.,
  6. inflamed,
  7. inflammable,
  8. inflammation,
  9. inflammatory,
  10. inflammatory bowel disease

Also enflame.

Origin of inflame

1300–50; in-2 + flame; replacing Middle English enflammen < Middle French enflammer < Latin inflammāre to kindle

Related forms

Synonym study

1–3. See incite. 7. See kindle1.

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British Dictionary definitions for inflame

inflame

/ (ɪnˈfleɪm) /

verb

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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Word Origin and History for inflame

inflame

v.

mid-14c., "to set on fire with passion," from Latin inflammare "to set on fire, kindle," figuratively "to rouse, excite," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + flammare "to flame," from flamma "flame" (see flame (n.)). Literal sense of "to cause to burn" first recorded in English late 14c.

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