rile

verb
\ ˈrī(-ə)l How to pronounce rile (audio) \
riled; riling

Definition of rile

transitive verb

1 : to make agitated and angry : upset

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irritate, exasperate, nettle, provoke, rile, peeve mean to excite a feeling of anger or annoyance. irritate implies an often gradual arousing of angry feelings that may range from mere impatience to rage. constant nagging that irritated me greatly exasperate suggests galling annoyance and the arousing of extreme impatience. his exasperating habit of putting off needed decisions nettle suggests a sharp but passing annoyance or stinging. your pompous attitude nettled several people provoke implies an arousing of strong annoyance that may excite to action. remarks made solely to provoke her rile implies inducing an angry or resentful agitation. the new work schedules riled the employees peeve suggests arousing fretful often petty or querulous irritation. a toddler peeved at being refused a cookie

Examples of rile in a Sentence

Her comments riled the professor. one sure way to rile me is to keep yelling for me

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Some fear those actions will rile up frustrated inmates, making the prison more dangerous for workers. Kevin Crowe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Overtime in Wisconsin prisons tops $42 million as state wrestles with worker shortage," 18 May 2018 Meanwhile, Turkey’s support of Islamists also has riled Gulf Arab nations, who view groups like the Muslim Brotherhood as a threat. Ayse Wieting, The Seattle Times, "Turkey to search Saudi Consulate for missing journalist," 9 Oct. 2018 Rosenstein oversees special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and the news has already riled up some of Trump’s conservative allies. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is at the center of a political firestorm again," 21 Sep. 2018 The video of Williams’s interaction with the officers has riled the city of Lancaster and become the latest exhibit in the debate about whether police are too quick to use physical force — especially against minorities. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "He was seated, unarmed and not combative. An officer used a Taser on him anyway.," 1 July 2018 Last night Super Bowl-winning @Eagles coach Doug Pederson riled a full house before tipoff and the team is playoffs bound. #TrustTheProccess indeed. Maria Panaritis, Philly.com, "A confession to Sixers owner Josh Harris: I didn't 'trust the process' | Maria Panaritis," 13 Apr. 2018 Later on, the theatergoers become something like a live studio audience for a TV show, as the hype man riles up the theater patrons. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "A New Theatrical Adaptation of Network Is All About the Rage," 7 Dec. 2018 Or was that a pattern invented to rile up the public? Gabriel Baumgaertner, SI.com, "Brock Turner, the 'Athlete Bias,' and the Movement That Produced the Recall of Judge Aaron Persky," 6 June 2018 Her skill and pizzazz during the collegiate-level competition earned her a perfect 10 score, and to date, more than 33.9 million views via the @UCLAGymnastics Twitter account, which shared a clip of the crowd-riling performance. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "5 Things to Know About Katelyn Ohashi, the UCLA Gymnast Whose Floor Routine Just Went Viral," 15 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of rile

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rile

variant of roil

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Dictionary Entries near rile

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rilawa

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Rilke

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rile

verb

English Language Learners Definition of rile

: to make (someone) angry : to irritate or annoy (someone)
US, informal : to make (someone) very excited

rile

verb
\ ˈrīl How to pronounce rile (audio) \
riled; riling

Kids Definition of rile

: to make angry

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