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Definition of inflame verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they inflame
    he / she / it inflames
    past simple inflamed
    -ing form inflaming
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  1. 1inflame 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.
  2. 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.
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