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ferment

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verb fer·ment \(ˌ)fər-ˈment\

Definition of ferment

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to undergo fermentation The wine ferments in oak barrels.

  3. 2 :  to be in a state of agitation or intense activity everything ferments in him—his thoughts, sensations, and memories; nothing stays quiet — Janet Flanner

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to cause to undergo fermentation Yeast ferments the sugar in the juice.

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

fermentable

play \(ˌ)fər-ˈmen-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of ferment in a sentence

  1. The wine ferments in oak barrels.

  2. Yeast ferments the sugar in the juice.

Origin and Etymology of ferment

see 2ferment


First Known Use: 14th century


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ferment

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

Definition of ferment

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

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

Examples of ferment in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of ferment

Middle English, from Latin fermentum yeast — more at barm


First Known Use: 15th century

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FERMENT Defined for English Language Learners

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ferment

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verb fer·ment \(ˌ)fər-ˈment\

Definition of ferment for English Language Learners

  • : 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 also (ˌ)fər-ˈment\

Definition of ferment for English Language Learners

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


FERMENT Defined for Kids

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ferment

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verb fer·ment \fər-ˈment\

Definition of ferment for Students

fermented

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fermenting

  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 for Students

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

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


Medical Dictionary

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ferment

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verb fer·ment \(ˌ)fər-ˈment\

Medical Definition of ferment

  1. :  to undergo fermentation

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to cause to undergo fermentation

fermentable

\-ə-bəl\play adjective

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ferment

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

Medical Definition of ferment

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

  2. 2:  fermentation



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