1. [ verb ] cause inflammation in

"The repetitive motion inflamed her joint"

Related terms: worsen inflammation
2. [ verb ] cause to start burning
Synonyms: enkindle conflagrate kindle

"The setting sun kindled the sky with oranges and reds"

Related terms: ignite rekindle ignition
3. [ verb ] arouse or excite feelings and passions
Synonyms: ignite stir_up fire_up wake heat

"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"

Related terms: arouse ferment heat
4. [ verb ] catch fire
Synonyms: kindle

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

Related terms: ignite flare_up rekindle ignition
5. [ verb ] become inflamed; get sore; of tissue or organs
Related terms: worsen
Similar spelling:   inflamed