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 Yet events from the past few months highlight a need for greater transparency within the financial system, including for hedge funds and other financial entities with the power to roil Wall Street. Washington Post, "Fed concerned about the risks that accompany soaring markets," 6 May 2021 The issue of unaccompanied minors will continue to roil states as immigration remains one of the most potent political issues for many Republican governors. Star Tribune, "Some GOP governors are refusing to temporarily house unaccompanied migrant children," 2 May 2021 The Cardona effort is bound to roil the culture wars and is the opposite of President Biden’s pledge to unify the country. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Backlash Against Bad History," 30 Apr. 2021 After the law is passed, a wave of boycotts and petitions roil the state, with companies like Apple and organizations like the NCAA criticizing the bill and threatening to reconsider future business opportunities in Indiana. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, "Mike Pence Fast Facts," 26 Apr. 2021 Far from signaling a breakdown of white supremacist activity, Sunday may be a curtain raiser for things to come, when issues such as immigration, border security and police reform will continue to roil politics. oregonlive, "White nationalist rallies fizzled last week so why are far-right groups celebrating?," 15 Apr. 2021 But the latest review highlights how many Republicans continue to cling to Trump's unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud in 2020 -- falsehoods that continue to roil the GOP. Caroline Kelly, CNN, "Arizona secretary of state on GOP election audit: 'This seems like such a farce'," 26 Apr. 2021 Companies have had to raise prices on everything from gloves to bike parts to toilet paper as supply chain snarls, like those seen in the Suez Canal last month, continue to roil global trade. NBC News, "Why the post-pandemic economy will include higher prices, worse service, longer delays," 22 Apr. 2021 Far from signaling a breakdown of white supremacist activity, Sunday may be a curtain raiser for things to come, when issues such as immigration, border security and police reform will continue to roil politics. oregonlive, "White nationalist rallies fizzled last week so why are far-right groups celebrating?," 15 Apr. 2021

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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

12 May 2021

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“Roil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roil. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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roil

verb

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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