roil

verb
\ ˈrȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce roil (audio) , transitive sense 2 is also ˈrī(-ə)l \
roiled; roiling; roils

Definition of roil

transitive verb

1a : to make turbid by stirring up the sediment or dregs of
b : to stir up : disturb, disorder

intransitive verb

: to move turbulently : be in a state of turbulence or agitation conflicting emotions roiling inside her

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Examples of roil in a Sentence

Financial markets have been roiled by the banking crisis. the waters of the gulf tossed and roiled as the hurricane surged toward the shore
Recent Examples on the Web With its bevy of single-family homes, District One, which is primarily comprised of the Richmond District, will likely be a pressure point in San Francisco’s roiling housing debate. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "Longtime local political aide to run for SF Richmond District’s supervisor seat," 17 Jan. 2020 The group, for example, has not been involved in the slew of lawsuits from states, counties, and cities that have roiled opioid makers like Mallinckrodt (MNK) and Teva, as well as drug distributors. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "Purdue, maker of OxyContin, quietly splits ways with PhRMA as it pulls back from lobbying," 17 Dec. 2019 Uncertainty over the standoff between Beijing and Washington has been roiling markets. Washington Post, "Asian shares mixed amid uncertainties on Brexit, China trade," 21 Oct. 2019 Uncertainty over the standoff between Beijing and Washington has been roiling markets. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Asian shares mixed amid uncertainties on Brexit, China trade," 20 Oct. 2019 He has not been involved in the antigovernment demonstrations that have been roiling Hong Kong the last four months, according to his family. Los Angeles Times, "‘Being young is a crime’ in Hong Kong: Police arrest students and teenagers," 27 Sep. 2019 The news marked a welcome cool-off of trade tensions between the two economic giants which has been roiling global markets for weeks. Damian J. Troise, BostonGlobe.com, "Stocks soar after US delays plans for some China tariffs," 13 Aug. 2019 The news marked a welcome cool-off of trade tensions between the two economic giants which has been roiling global markets for weeks. CBS News, "Stock market surges after Trump administration pushes back China tariffs," 13 Aug. 2019 Directed by Petra Costa, this completely fascinating documentary provides an unexpectedly compelling inside look at the political earthquakes that have been roiling Brazil for several years. Kenneth Turan, latimes.com, "Review: ‘The Edge of Democracy’ is an edge-of-your-seat dive into Brazilian politics," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of roil

1590, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for roil

origin unknown

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Last Updated

26 Jan 2020

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“Roil.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roiled. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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roil

verb
How to pronounce roil (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of roil

chiefly US
: 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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