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

     

    fester

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈfestə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfestər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fester
    BrE BrE//ˈfestə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfestər//
     
    he / she / it festers
    BrE BrE//ˈfestəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfestərz//
     
    past simple festered
    BrE BrE//ˈfestəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfestərd//
     
    past participle festered
    BrE BrE//ˈfestəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfestərd//
     
    -ing form festering
    BrE BrE//ˈfestərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfestərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] (of a wound or cut) to become badly infected festering sores/wounds If you don’t take the splinter out, it will fester.
  2. 2[intransitive] (of bad feelings or thoughts) to become much worse because you do not deal with them successfully Instead of talking the matter over with him, she allowed her resentment to fester in her mind.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from the rare word fester ‘fistula’, later ‘festering sore’, or Old French festrir (verb), both from Old French festre (noun), from Latin fistula ‘pipe, reed, fistula’.
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