- 1 inflame somebody/something to cause very strong feelings, especially anger or excitement, in a person or in a group of people His comments have inflamed teachers all over the country. Her defiance inflamed his jealousy yet further. The latest revelations are set to inflame public opinion.
- 2inflame something to make a situation worse or more difficult to deal with The situation was further inflamed by the arrival of the security forces.
NAmE//ɪnˈfleɪm//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they inflame
he / she / it inflames
past simple inflamed
-ing form inflaming