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English noun: fire

1. fire (event) the event of something burning (often destructive)


SamplesThey lost everything in the fire.


Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent


Narrower (hyponym)backfire, balefire, bonfire, brush fire, campfire, conflagration, forest fire, grassfire, inferno, prairie fire, smolder, smoulder, smudge

2. fire (act) the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy


SamplesHold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes.
They retreated in the face of withering enemy fire.


Synonymsfiring


Broader (hypernym)attack, onrush, onset, onslaught


Narrower (hyponym)antiaircraft fire, artillery fire, barrage, barrage fire, battery, bombardment, broadside, burst, call fire, cannon fire, concentrated fire, counterfire, counterpreparation fire, cover, covering fire, crossfire, destruction fire, direct fire, distributed fire, fratricide, friendly fire, fusillade, grazing fire, harassing fire, hostile fire, indirect fire, interdiction fire, massed fire, neutralization fire, observed fire, preparation fire, radar fire, registration fire, salvo, scheduled fire, searching fire, shelling, supporting fire, suppressive fire, unobserved fire, volley

3. fire (process) the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke


SamplesFire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries.


Synonymsflame, flaming


Broader (hypernym)burning, combustion


Narrower (hyponym)blaze, blazing, flare, ignition

4. fire (artifact) a fireplace in which a relatively small fire is burning


SamplesThey sat by the fire and talked.


Broader (hypernym)fireplace, hearth, open fireplace


Narrower (hyponym)cookfire

5. fire (substance) once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)


Broader (hypernym)element


Domain usagearchaicism, archaism

6. fire (feeling) feelings of great warmth and intensity


SamplesHe spoke with great ardor.


Synonymsardor, ardour, fervency, fervidness, fervor, fervour


Broader (hypernym)passion, passionateness


Narrower (hyponym)zeal

7. fire (substance) fuel that is burning and is used as a means for cooking


SamplesPut the kettle on the fire.
Barbecue over an open fire.


Broader (hypernym)fuel

8. fire (event) a severe trial


SamplesHe went through fire and damnation.


Broader (hypernym)trial, tribulation, visitation

9. fire (communication) intense adverse criticism


SamplesClinton directed his fire at the Republican Party.
The government has come under attack.
Don't give me any flak.


Synonymsattack, blast, flack, flak


Broader (hypernym)criticism, unfavorable judgment


English verb: fire

1. fire (competition) start firing a weapon


Synonymsopen fire


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)blast, shoot

2. fire (competition) cause to go off


SamplesFire a gun.
Fire a bullet.


Synonymsdischarge


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)blast, fusillade, let drive, let fly, loose off, pop, shoot


Causedischarge, fire, go off

3. fire (change) bake in a kiln so as to harden


SamplesFire pottery.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bake


Domain categorycookery, cooking, preparation

4. fire (social) terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position


SamplesThe boss fired his secretary today.
The company terminated 25% of its workers.


Synonymscan, dismiss, displace, force out, give notice, give the axe, give the sack, sack, send away, terminate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)remove


Narrower (hyponym)clean out, dismiss, drop, furlough, lay off, pension off, retire, send away, send packing, squeeze out


Antonymshire, employ, engage

5. fire (competition) go off or discharge


SamplesThe gun fired.


Synonymsdischarge, go off


Pattern of useSomething ----s

6. fire (motion) drive out or away by or as if by fire


SamplesThe soldiers were fired.
Surrender fires the cold skepticism.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)chase away, dispel, drive away, drive off, drive out, run off, turn back

7. fire (emotion) call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)


SamplesArouse pity.
Raise a smile.
Evoke sympathy.


Synonymsarouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, kindle, provoke, raise


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)create, make


Narrower (hyponym)anger, ask for, bruise, discomfit, discompose, disconcert, draw, excite, excite, fire up, heat, hurt, ignite, infatuate, inflame, injure, interest, invite, offend, overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, prick, rekindle, shake, shake up, shame, spite, stimulate, stir, stir up, strike a chord, sweep over, touch a chord, untune, upset, wake, whelm, wound

8. fire (change) destroy by fire


SamplesThey burned the house and his diaries.


ExamplesThey fire the trees


Synonymsburn, burn down


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)destroy, ruin


Narrower (hyponym)backfire, cremate, scorch, torch


Verb groupburn, burn, combust, incinerate

9. fire (possession) provide with fuel


SamplesOil fires the furnace.


Synonymsfuel


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)furnish, provide, render, supply









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