rile

verb
\ ˈrī(-ə)l \
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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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 She and Kaplan argued that doing so would rile conservatives, threatening the business. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook has a growing morale problem," 15 Nov. 2018 Despite all the other crazy things that went down in the season premiere (Archie pleading guilty to murder, Betty's seizure), fans seemed to get the most riled about about the shaggy dog's storyline. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who Is Hot Dog? All About the Star of the "Riverdale" Premiere," 11 Oct. 2018 But the photo that really got fans riled up from the holiday weekend was his last one of the famous Roloff Farms pirate ship. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Matt Roloff Hints He Considered Leaving 'Little People, Big World' in New Instagram," 4 Sep. 2018 Just Thursday Heitkamp, North Dakota's former attorney general, came out against confirming Trump’s controversial Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, potentially riling voters a month out from the November 6 midterms. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp Arm-Wrestles in New Campaign Ad," 5 Oct. 2018 But what riled protesters in this case was that the the Forest Service and the National Park Service, which oversees the AT, changed the rules that protect the trail in order to approve pipeline construction. J. Weston Phippen, Outside Online, "The AT Pipeline Protesters Come Down from the Trees," 5 June 2018

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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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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 \
riled; riling

Kids Definition of rile

: to make angry

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