adjective or adverb
\ ə-ˈfī(-ə)r How to pronounce afire (audio) \

Definition of afire

1 : being on fire : blazing
2 : being in a state of great excitement or energy her music set the audience afire

Examples of afire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Strong winds and clouds in part forced General Curtis LeMay to change tactics by taking his B-29s to lower elevations and dropping incendiary rather than general-purpose bombs, thereby setting Tokyo afire with napalm. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of afire

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for afire

Middle English afire, afure, from a- a- entry 1 + fire, fure, dative of fir, fur fire entry 1

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“Afire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of afire

1 : being on fire
2 : in a state of great excitement or energy His voice sounded louder and higher, as if he were afire with eagerness and rage.— Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island His mind was afire with ideas.

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