Definition of foment verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

foment

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//fəʊˈment//
 
; NAmE NAmE//foʊˈment//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they foment
BrE BrE//fəʊˈment//
 
; NAmE NAmE//foʊˈment//
 
he / she / it foments
BrE BrE//fəʊˈments//
 
; NAmE NAmE//foʊˈments//
 
past simple fomented
BrE BrE//fəʊˈmentɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//foʊˈmentɪd//
 
past participle fomented
BrE BrE//fəʊˈmentɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//foʊˈmentɪd//
 
-ing form fomenting
BrE BrE//fəʊˈmentɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//foʊˈmentɪŋ//
 
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foment something (formal) to create trouble or violence or make it worse synonym incite They accused him of fomenting political unrest. See related entries: Conflict Word Origin late Middle English (originally meaning to bathe with warm or medicated lotions): from French fomenter, from late Latin fomentare, from Latin fomentum ‘poultice, lotion’, from fovere ‘to heat, cherish’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: foment