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Definition of afire

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

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Examples of afire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bond collects retro arcade games and jumped at the chance to buy a Rock-afire Explosion band from Fechter, who also invented Whac-A-Mole. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "It's true: The ShowBiz Pizza robot band is back, at a retro arcade bar | The Kansas City Star," 22 May 2018 Bond hopes the Rock-afire Explosion sets his arcade bar apart from others in Kansas City. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "It's true: The ShowBiz Pizza robot band is back, at a retro arcade bar | The Kansas City Star," 22 May 2018 The revolution was sparked by the death of a fruit and vegetable seller in the central town of Sidi Bouzid who set himself afire Dec. 10, 2010, in apparent anger and despair over mistreatment by police who upset his cart. Bouazza Ben Bouazza, The Seattle Times, "Tunisians call on leaders to remember 2011 revolution goals," 14 Jan. 2018 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, "The Deadly Cost of Mutual Misunderstanding," 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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The first known use of afire was in the 13th century

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“Afire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of afire

: burning : on fire


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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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