roil

verb \ ˈrȯi(-ə)l , sense vt 2 is also ˈrī(-ə)l \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of roil

transitive verb
1 a : to make turbid by stirring up the sediment or dregs of
b : to stir up : disturb, disorder
2 : rile 1
intransitive verb
: to move turbulently : be in a state of turbulence or agitation
  • conflicting emotions roiling inside her

Examples of roil in a Sentence

  1. Financial markets have been roiled by the banking crisis.

  2. the waters of the gulf tossed and roiled as the hurricane surged toward the shore

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Origin and Etymology of roil

origin unknown

roil Synonyms

Synonyms
boil, churn, moil, seethe
Antonyms
delight, gratify, please
Related Words
reel, spin, swirl, whirl; agitate, stir
Near Antonyms
abate, calm, subside

ROIL Defined for English Language Learners

roil

verb

Definition of roil for English Language Learners

  • : to upset (someone or something) very much : to cause (someone or something) to become very agitated or disturbed

  • : to move in a violent and confused way



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