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inflame

verb in·flame \in-ˈflām\

Simple Definition of inflame

  • : to cause (a person or group) to become angry or violent

  • : to make (something) more active, angry, or violent

  • : to cause (a part of your body) to grow sore, red, and swollen

Full Definition of inflame

in·flamed also en·flamedin·flam·ing also en·flam·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to excite to excessive or uncontrollable action or feeling; especially :  to make angry b :  to make more heated or violent :  intensify <insults served only to inflame the feud>

  3. 2 :  to set on fire :  kindle

  4. 3 :  to cause to redden or grow hot from anger or excitement <a face inflamed with passion>

  5. 4 :  to cause inflammation in (bodily tissue)

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to burst into flame

  8. 2 :  to become excited or angered

  9. 3 :  to become affected with inflammation

in·flam·er noun

Examples of inflame

  1. His angry speech inflamed the mob.

  2. ideas that inflame the imagination

  3. His comments have inflamed an already tense situation.

  4. inflaming the passions of the mob

  5. a chemical that can inflame the skin



Variants of inflame

also en·flame \in-ˈflām\

Origin of inflame

Middle English enflamen, from Anglo-French enflamer, from Latin inflammare, from in- + flamma flame


First Known Use: 14th century


Medical Dictionary

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verb in·flame \in-ˈflām\

Medical Definition of inflame

in·flamedin·flam·ing

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to cause inflammation in (bodily tissue) <inflame the sinuses>

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to become affected with inflammation





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