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Webster 1913 Edition


Inflame

In-flame′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Inflamed
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Inflaming
.]
[OE.
enflamen
, OF.
enflamer
, F.
enflammer
, L.
inflammare
,
inflammatum
; pref.
in-
in +
flammare
to flame, fr.
flamma
flame. See
Flame
.]
1.
To set on fire; to kindle; to cause to burn, flame, or glow.
We should have made retreat
By light of the
inflamed
fleet.
Chapman.
2.
Fig.: To kindle or intensify, as passion or appetite; to excite to an excessive or unnatural action or heat;
as, to
inflame
desire
.
Though more, it seems,
Inflamed
with lust than rage.
Milton.
But, O
inflame
and fire our hearts.
Dryden.
3.
To provoke to anger or rage; to exasperate; to irritate; to incense; to enrage.
It will
inflame
you; it will make you mad.
Shakespeare
4.
(Med.)
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.
[Obs.]
Syn. – To provoke; fire; kindle; irritate; exasperate; incense; enrage; anger; excite; arouse.

In-flame′

,
Verb.
I.
To grow morbidly hot, congested, or painful; to become angry or incensed.
Wiseman.

Webster 1828 Edition


Inflame

INFLA'ME

,
Verb.
T.
[L. inflammo; in and flamma, flame.]
1.
To set on fire; to kindle; to cause to burn; in a literal sense. But more generally,
2.
To excite or increase, as passion or appetite; to enkindle into violent action; as, to inflame love, lust or thirst; to inflame desire or anger.
3.
To exaggerate; to aggravate in description.
A friend exaggerates a man's virtues, an enemy inflames his crimes. [Unusual.]
4.
To heat; to excite excessive action in the blood; as to inflame the blood or body; to inflame with wine.
5.
To provoke; to irritate; to anger.
6.
To increase; to exasperate; as, to inflame the enmity of parties, or the spirit of sedition.
7.
To increase; to augment; as, to inflame a presumption.

INFLA'ME

,
Verb.
I.
To grow hot, angry and painful.

Definition 2022


inflame

inflame

See also: inflamé

English

Verb

inflame (third-person singular simple present inflames, present participle inflaming, simple past and past participle inflamed)

  1. To set on fire; to kindle; to cause to burn, flame, or glow.
    • Chapman
      We should have made retreat / By light of the inflamed fleet.
  2. (figuratively) To kindle or intensify, as passion or appetite; to excite to an excessive or unnatural action or heat.
    to inflame desire
    • Milton
      more, it seems, inflamed with lust than rage
    • Dryden
      But, O inflame and fire our hearts.
  3. To provoke to anger or rage; to exasperate; to irritate; to incense; to enrage.
    • Shakespeare
      It will inflame you; it will make you mad.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 12, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      To Edward [] he was terrible, nerve-inflaming, poisonously asphyxiating. He sat rocking himself in the late Mr. Churchill's swing chair, smoking and twaddling.
  4. To put in a state of inflammation; to produce morbid heat, congestion, or swelling, of.
    to inflame the eyes by overwork
  5. To exaggerate; to enlarge upon.
    • Addison
      A friend exaggerates a man's virtues, an enemy inflames his crimes.
    • 1773, Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer
      As you say, we passengers are to be taxed to pay all these fineries. I have often seen a good sideboard, or a marble chimney-piece, though not actually put in the bill, inflame a reckoning confoundedly.
  6. To grow morbidly hot, congested, or painful; to become angry or incensed.

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Translations

External links

  • inflame in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • inflame in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Portuguese

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ami

Verb

inflame

  1. First-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of inflamar
  2. Third-person singular (ele, ela, also used with tu and você?) present subjunctive of inflamar
  3. Third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of inflamar
  4. Third-person singular (você) negative imperative of inflamar

Spanish

Verb

inflame

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of inflamar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of inflamar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of inflamar.