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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All of this started when Trump got riled up by a Saturday morning segment on Fox News. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Baltimore Sun takes on Trump's attacks with searing columns, news and fact-checks," 3 Aug. 2019 However, former communication strategist for Justice Neil Gorsuch Ron Bonjean warned that such a push by Democrats could backfire and rile up the conservative base for the midterms. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Democrats float more Kavanaugh investigations, impeachment even if he is confirmed," 22 Sep. 2018 Raimondo backed the presidential campaigns of Pat Buchanan in 1992, 1996 and 2000, over shared views against military action in Bosnia, which befuddled many LGBT activists riled by Buchanan’s antigay rhetoric. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Justin Raimondo, longtime Bay Area antiwar activist and writer, dies," 29 June 2019 Trump uses fear about the border to rile up his base — which Schumer and Pelosi were quick to call out. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The fiery meeting between Trump, Schumer, and Pelosi about the border wall, explained," 11 Dec. 2018 When Jackson died in 1845, thousands of people gathered to pay a final tribute — along with one talking parrot that was apparently riled up by the crowds. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "A history of White House profanity — and one cursing presidential parrot," 12 Jan. 2018 Gil Kerlikowske, who was commissioner of parent agency U.S. Customs and Border Protection from 2014 to 2017, riled the union by recruiting Mark Morgan from the FBI to be the first outsider to run the Border Patrol. Elliot Spagat, The Denver Post, "Racist, sexually explicit Facebook posts put Border Patrol on defensive at rough time," 3 July 2019 If someone makes an unexpected change, don’t get riled up. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: June 20, 2019," 20 June 2019 Puck’ Willis Wilcox, 49, was an integral part of getting the fans riled up in a frenzy during hockey games inside the Civic Center. al.com, "Rooting for ‘Chappy’: Why the Stanley Cup Finals are resurrecting Mobile Mystick memories," 6 June 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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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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