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Definition of fuel verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//fyul//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fuel
    he / she / it fuels
    past simple fueled ()fuelled
    -ing form fueling ()fuelling
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  1. 1[transitive] fuel something to supply something with material that can be burned to produce heat or power Uranium is used to fuel nuclear plants. coal-fueled power stations
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] fuel (something) (up) to put gas into a vehicle The helicopter was already fueled (up) and ready to go.
  3. 3[transitive] fuel something to increase something; to make something stronger synonym stoke to fuel speculation/rumors/fears Higher salaries helped to fuel inflation.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: fuel