UK [ɪnˈfleɪm] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "inflame":
present tense I/you/we/they inflame he/she/it inflames present participle inflaming past tense inflamed past participle inflamed
1) to make a situation worse by making people more angry or excited

These remarks have only served to inflame an already dangerous situation.

2) literary to make someone's feelings stronger, especially anger or sexual feelings

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  • Inflame — In*flame , v. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inflame — I verb aggravate, agitate, anger, arouse, convulse, deflagrate, discompose, electrify, embitter, energize, enliven, enrage, envenom, exacerbate, exasperate, excite, foment, galvanize, goad, harass, ignite, impassion, incense, incite, infuriate,… …   Law dictionary

  • Inflame — In*flame , v. i. To grow morbidly hot, congested, or painful; to become angry or incensed. Wiseman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inflame — (v.) mid 14c., to set on fire with passion, from L. inflammare to set on fire, kindle, figuratively to rouse, excite, from in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + flammare to flame, from flamma flame (see FLAME (Cf. flame)). Literal sense of …   Etymology dictionary

  • inflame — [v] anger, aggravate agitate, annoy, arouse, burn, disturb, embitter, enrage, exacerbate, exasperate, excite, fan, fire, fire up, foment, gall, get*, grate, heat, heat up, ignite, impassion, incense, increase, infuriate, intensify, intoxicate,… …   New thesaurus

  • inflame — ► VERB 1) intensify or aggravate. 2) provoke (someone) to strong feelings. 3) cause inflammation in …   English terms dictionary

  • inflame — [in flame′] vt. inflamed, inflaming [ME enflamen < OFr enflammer < L inflammare: see IN 1 & FLAME] 1. to set on fire 2. to arouse passion, desire, or violence in; excite intensely, as with anger 3. to increase the intensity of (passion,… …   English World dictionary

  • inflame — also enflame verb (inflamed; also enflamed; inflaming; also enflaming) Etymology: Middle English enflamen, from Anglo French enflamer, from Latin inflammare, from in + flamma flame Date: 14th century transitive verb 1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • inflame — verb a) To set on fire; to kindle; to cause to burn, flame, or glow. b) To kindle or intensify, as passion or appetite; to excite to an excessive or unnatural action or heat; as, to inflame desire …   Wiktionary

  • inflame — in·flame in flām vb, in·flamed; in·flam·ing vt to cause inflammation in (bodily tissue) <inflame the sinuses> vi to become affected with inflammation …   Medical dictionary

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