AskDefine | Define inflame

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1 cause inflammation in; "The repetitive motion inflamed her joint"
2 catch fire; "The dried grass of the prairie kindled, spreading the flames for miles" [syn: kindle]
3 cause to start burning; "The setting sun kindled the sky with oranges and reds" [syn: kindle, enkindle, conflagrate]
4 arouse or excite feelings and passions; "The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor"; "The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world"; "Wake old feelings of hatred" [syn: stir up, wake, ignite, heat, fire up]
5 become inflamed; get sore; "His throat inflamed"

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  1. To set on fire; to kindle; to cause to burn, flame, or glow.
  2. Figurative: To kindle or intensify, as passion or appetite; to excite to an excessive or unnatural action or heat; as, to inflame desire.
  3. To provoke to anger or rage; to exasperate; to irritate; to incense; to enrage.
  4. To put in a state of inflammation; to produce morbid heat, congestion, or swelling, of; as, to inflame the eyes by overwork.
  5. To exaggerate; to enlarge upon.
  6. To grow morbidly hot, congested, or painful; to become angry or incensed.


set on fire
kindle or intensify
provoke to anger or rage
put in a state of inflammation
grow morbidly hot, congested, or painful

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