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English verb: rile

1. rile (emotion) cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

SamplesMosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me.
It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves.

ExamplesThe performance is likely to rile Sue

Synonymsannoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, vex

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

Broader (hypernym)displease

Narrower (hyponym)antagonise, antagonize, beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, eat into, fret, fret, get, get under one's skin, grate, harass, harry, hassle, molest, peeve, plague, provoke, rankle, ruffle

Verb groupchafe

2. rile (contact) make turbid by stirring up the sediments of


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

Broader (hypernym)agitate, commove, disturb, raise up, shake up, stir up, vex

Narrower (hyponym)muddle, puddle

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