fever

noun
fe·​ver | \ ˈfē-vər How to pronounce fever (audio) \

Definition of fever

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a rise of body temperature above the normal
b : any of various diseases of which fever is a prominent symptom
2a : a state of heightened or intense emotion or activity
b : a contagious usually transient enthusiasm : craze

fever

verb
fevered; fevering\ ˈfē-​vriŋ How to pronounce fevering (audio) , ˈfe-​vər-​iŋ \

Definition of fever (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to throw into a fever : agitate

intransitive verb

: to contract or be in a fever : become feverish

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Examples of fever in a Sentence

Noun

The symptoms of the disease include headache and fever. We waited in a fever of anticipation. He had us all in a fever with worry.
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The fever later receded, but family members remain concerned about his health. Sean Mclain, WSJ, "Carlos Ghosn Loses Request for Release on Bail," 15 Jan. 2019 Instagram wasn't the only social platform to get in on spreading the election fever. Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "Instagram Stories “I Voted” Sticker Sees Over 1,000 Users Per Minute at Peak," 7 Nov. 2018 It's been a few months since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding, but the fever around the royal family is only getting stronger with time. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle's Wedding Veil Had a Hidden Connection to the Queen—and More From Queen of the World," 1 Oct. 2018 See, the thing to me that really blows my mind, Trump is the fever. Fox News, "Ken Langone on preventing Hurricane Florence price gouging," 12 Sep. 2018 Then, three to five days after the first symptoms, the infection's signature rash breaks out and the fever shoots up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, the CDC says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Passengers on 4 Southwest Flights Possibly Exposed to Measles," 11 Sep. 2018 But other entities less traditionally associated with sports are finding creative ways to capitalize on the World Cup fever to bring in new clientele. Dylan Jackson, miamiherald, "It's not just bars. From art museums to fundraisers, Miami has World Cup fever," 10 July 2018 The refrain: the seething orb of the sun, reflecting the fever back here on earth, and lending a sense of eternity to Jafa’s theme — the eternity of oppression, and the persistence of love and honor in its face. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "At the ICA, throwing conceptual grenades," 28 June 2018 New restaurants are offering fried chicken dinners and popular existing restaurants are getting the fried bird fever with new menu offerings. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "H-Town is Fried Chicken City," 26 June 2018

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Proponents also argue that there is little evidence that fever itself, even a high fever, is harmful. Richard Klasco, New York Times, "If Fever Helps Fight Infection, Should I Avoid Fever-Reducing Drugs?," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of fever

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1606, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for fever

Noun

Middle English, from Old English fēfer, from Latin febris

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fever

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fever

: a body temperature that is higher than normal
: a disease that causes an increase in body temperature
: a state of excited emotion or activity

fever

noun
fe·​ver | \ ˈfē-vər How to pronounce fever (audio) \

Kids Definition of fever

1 : a body temperature that is higher than normal
2 : a disease involving fever

fever

noun
fe·​ver | \ ˈfē-vər How to pronounce fever (audio) \

Medical Definition of fever

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a rise of body temperature above the normal whether a natural response (as to infection) or artificially induced for therapeutic reasons
2 : an abnormal bodily state characterized by increased production of heat, accelerated heart action and pulse, and systemic debility with weakness, loss of appetite, and thirst
3 : any of various diseases of which fever is a prominent symptom

fever

verb
fevered; fevering\ ˈfēv-​(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce fevering (audio) \

Medical Definition of fever (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to affect with fever the malarial plasmodia fevered him

intransitive verb

: to contract or be in a fever : be or become feverish the malaria victim fevered intermittently

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