inflame

verb in·flame \ in-ˈflām \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of inflame

inflamed also enflamed; inflaming also enflaming
transitive verb
1 a :to excite to excessive or uncontrollable action or feeling; especially :to make angry
b :to make more heated or violent :intensify
  • insults served only to inflame the feud
2 :to set on fire :kindle
3 :to cause to redden or grow hot from anger or excitement
  • a face inflamed with passion
4 :to cause inflammation in (bodily tissue)
intransitive verb
1 :to burst into flame
2 :to become excited or angered
3 :to become affected with inflammation

inflamer

noun

Examples of inflame in a Sentence

  1. His angry speech inflamed the mob.

  2. ideas that inflame the imagination

  3. His comments have inflamed an already tense situation.

  4. inflaming the passions of the mob

  5. a chemical that can inflame the skin

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Origin and Etymology of inflame

Middle English enflamen, from Anglo-French enflamer, from Latin inflammare, from in- + flamma flame


INFLAME Defined for English Language Learners

inflame

verb

Definition of inflame for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (a person or group) to become angry or violent

  • : to make (something) more active, angry, or violent

  • : to cause (a part of your body) to grow sore, red, and swollen


INFLAME Defined for Kids

inflame

verb in·flame \ in-ˈflām \

Definition of inflame for Students

inflamed; inflaming
1 :to make more active, excited, angry, or violent
  • His words inflamed the crowd.
2 :to cause to redden or grow hot (as from anger)
3 :to make or become sore, red, and swollen The chemical can inflame the skin.

Medical Dictionary

inflame

verb in·flame \ in-ˈflām \

medical Definition of inflame

inflamed; inflaming
transitive verb
:to cause inflammation in (bodily tissue)
  • inflame the sinuses
intransitive verb
:to become affected with inflammation


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