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

     

    fuel

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈfjuːəl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfjuːəl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fuel
    BrE BrE//ˈfjuːəl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfjuːəl//
     
    he / she / it fuels
    BrE BrE//ˈfjuːəlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfjuːəlz//
     
    past simple fuelled
    BrE BrE//ˈfjuːəld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfjuːəld//
     
    past participle fuelled
    BrE BrE//ˈfjuːəld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfjuːəld//
     
    (US English) past simple fueled
    BrE BrE//ˈfjuːəld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfjuːəld//
     
    (US English) past participle fueled
    BrE BrE//ˈfjuːəld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfjuːəld//
     
    -ing form fuelling
    BrE BrE//ˈfjuːəlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfjuːəlɪŋ//
     
    (US English) -ing form fueling
    BrE BrE//ˈfjuːəlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfjuːəlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] fuel something to supply something with material that can be burnt to produce heat or power Uranium is used to fuel nuclear plants. oil-fuelled power stations
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] fuel (something) (up) to put petrol/gas into a vehicle The helicopter was already fuelled (up) and ready to go.
  3. 3[transitive] fuel something to increase something; to make something stronger synonym stoke to fuel speculation/rumours/fears Higher salaries helped to fuel inflation. More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet.
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French fouaille, based on Latin focus ‘hearth’ (in late Latin ‘fire’).Extra examples Crime is soaring fuelled by an influx of drugs. Higher oil prices helped to fuel inflation. His absence has fuelled rumours of a split within the party. The consumer boom had been fuelled by a credit-led economy. Yesterday’s meeting is likely to fuel further speculation about a takeover.
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