rile

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verb \ˈrī(-ə)l\

Definition of rile

riled

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riling

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make agitated and angry :  upset

  3. 2 :  roil 1

Examples of rile in a Sentence

  1. Her comments riled the professor.

  2. one sure way to rile me is to keep yelling for me

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Origin and Etymology of rile

variant of roil

Synonym Discussion of rile

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

RILE Defined for English Language Learners

rile

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verb

Definition of rile for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) angry : to irritate or annoy (someone)

  • : to make (someone) very excited


RILE Defined for Kids

rile

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verb \ˈrīl\

Definition of rile for Students

riled

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riling

  1. :  to make angry



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