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roil

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verb \ˈrȯi(-ə)l, vt 2 is also ˈrī(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of roil

  • : to upset (someone or something) very much : to cause (someone or something) to become very agitated or disturbed

  • : to move in a violent and confused way

Full Definition of roil

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to make turbid by stirring up the sediment or dregs of b :  to stir up :  disturb, disorder

  3. 2 :  rile 1

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to move turbulently :  be in a state of turbulence or agitation <conflicting emotions roiling inside her>

Examples of roil

  1. Financial markets have been roiled by the banking crisis.

  2. <the waters of the gulf tossed and roiled as the hurricane surged toward the shore>



Origin of roil

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1590

Rhymes with roil



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