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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The situation is riling local officials who say the federal government is not shouldering its fair share of security costs in the Trump era, which has seen an influx of demonstrators to the nation’s capital. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Report: Trump still owes D.C. $7 million for inauguration," 14 June 2019 Any suggestion that humans have an intrinsically violent and aggressive nature tends to get people riled. John Hawks, WSJ, "‘The Goodness Paradox’ Review: The Benefits of Good Breeding," 25 Jan. 2019 Fearmongering has consistently been one of the president’s favorite ways to rile up his base on immigration. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "The Trump Administration Is Accused of Sending Troops to the Border as a Publicity Stunt," 20 Nov. 2018 That word — terrorism — got a lot of people riled up. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter One: A War in the Desert," 15 May 2018 The sight of a German skating to the music turned off many viewers and riled folks on Twitter. Geoffrey C. Arnold, OregonLive.com, "German figure skater performs to music from Schindler's List, sparks outrage online," 23 Feb. 2018 Born to be riled Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks. The Economist, "Business this week," 28 June 2018 But their inherent ick factor has people on Facebook a little too riled up about the upcoming tick season. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "That Viral Photo of a “Tick Nest” Is a Hoax, According to an Entomologist," 18 Apr. 2019 America's Got Talent fans were pretty riled up Tuesday night. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Viewers Were Fuming at “Party Pooper” Howie Mandel Last Night," 22 Aug. 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 How to pronounce rile (audio) \
riled; riling

Kids Definition of rile

: to make angry

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