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ferment

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verb fer·ment \(ˌ)fər-ˈment\

Simple Definition of ferment

  • : to go through a chemical change that results in the production of alcohol

Full Definition of ferment

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to undergo fermentation

  3. 2 :  to be in a state of agitation or intense activity

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to cause to undergo fermentation

  6. 2 :  to work up (as into a state of agitation) :  foment

fer·ment·able play \-ˈmen-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of ferment

  1. The wine ferments in oak barrels.

  2. Yeast ferments the sugar in the juice.



14th Century

First Known Use of ferment

14th century


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ferment

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noun fer·ment \ˈfər-ˌment also (ˌ)fər-ˈ\

Simple Definition of ferment

  • : a situation in which there is much excitement and confusion caused by change

Full Definition of ferment

  1. 1 a :  a living organism (as a yeast) that causes fermentation by virtue of its enzymes b :  enzyme

  2. 2 a :  a state of unrest :  agitation b :  a process of active often disorderly development <the great period of creative ferment in literature — William Barrett>

Examples of ferment

  1. The city was in a state of ferment after the election.

  2. <the city was in ferment as its residents nervously awaited the airborne invasion that was sure to come>



Origin of ferment

Middle English, from Latin fermentum yeast — more at barm


First Known Use: 15th century

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FERMENT Defined for Kids

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ferment

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verb fer·ment \fər-ˈment\

Definition of ferment

fer·ment·edfer·ment·ing

  1. :  to go through a chemical change that results in the production of alcohol




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ferment

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noun fer·ment \ˈfər-ˌment\

Definition of ferment

  1. 1 :  something (as yeast) that causes fermentation

  2. 2 :  an excited state <Methuselah was in a ferment of eagerness … — Brian Jacques, Redwall>





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