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English verb: inflame

1. inflame (body) cause inflammation in

SamplesThe repetitive motion inflamed her joint.

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

Broader (hypernym)aggravate, exacerbate, exasperate, worsen

Verb groupinflame

2. inflame (weather) catch fire

SamplesThe dried grass of the prairie kindled, spreading the flames for miles.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)flare up

3. inflame (weather) cause to start burning

SamplesThe setting sun kindled the sky with oranges and reds.

Synonymsconflagrate, enkindle, kindle

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

Broader (hypernym)ignite, light

Narrower (hyponym)rekindle

4. inflame (emotion) arouse or excite feelings and passions

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymsfire up, heat, ignite, stir up, wake

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

Broader (hypernym)arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise

Narrower (hyponym)ferment

5. inflame (body) become inflamed; get sore

SamplesHis throat inflamed.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)decline, worsen

Verb groupinflame

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