Definition of fever noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfiːvə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfiːvər//
    Nervous, Being ill
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] a medical condition in which a person has a temperature that is higher than normal He has a high fever. Aspirin should help reduce the fever. Wordfinderbacteria, disease, epidemic, fever, illness, immunity, infection, spread, vaccinate, virus CollocationsIllnessesBecoming ill catch a cold/​an infectious disease/​the flu/(British English) flu/​pneumonia/​a virus/(informal) a bug get (British English) ill/(North American English) sick/​a disease/​AIDS/​breast cancer/​a cold/​the flu/(British English) flu/​a migraine come down with a cold/​the flu/(British English) flu contract a deadly disease/​a serious illness/​HIV/​AIDS be infected with a virus/​a parasite/​HIV develop cancer/​diabetes/​a rash/​an ulcer/​symptoms of hepatitis have a heart attack/​a stroke provoke/​trigger/​produce an allergic reaction block/​burst/​rupture a blood vessel damage/​sever a nerve/​an artery/​a tendonBeing ill feel (British English) ill/​sick/​nauseous/​queasy be running (British English) a temperature/(North American English) a fever have a head cold/​diabetes/​heart disease/​lung cancer/​a headache/(British English) a high temperature/(North American English) a fever suffer from asthma/​malnutrition/​frequent headaches/​bouts of depression/​a mental disorder be laid up with/ (British English) be in bed with a cold/​the flu/(British English) flu/​a migraine nurse a cold/​a headache/​a hangover battle/​fight cancer/​depression/​addiction/​alcoholismTreatments examine a patient diagnose a condition/​disease/​disorder be diagnosed with cancer/​diabetes/​schizophrenia prescribe/​be given/​be on/​take drugs/​medicine/​medication/​pills/​painkillers/​antibiotics treat somebody for cancer/​depression/​shock have/​undergo an examination/​an operation/​surgery/​a kidney transplant/​therapy/​chemotherapy/​treatment for cancer have/​be given an injection/(British English) a flu jab/(North American English) a flu shot/​a blood transfusion/​a scan/​an X-ray cure a disease/​an ailment/​cancer/​a headache/​a patient prevent the spread of disease/​further outbreaks/​damage to the lungs be vaccinated against the flu/(British English) flu/​the measles/(British English) measles/​polio/​smallpox enhance/​boost/​confer/​build immunity to a disease compare temperature See related entries: Being ill
  2. 2  [countable, uncountable] (old-fashioned) (used mainly in compounds) a particular type of disease in which somebody has a high temperature She caught a fever on her travels in Africa, and died. see also glandular fever, hay fever, rheumatic fever, scarlet fever, yellow fever
  3. 3[singular] fever (of something) a state of nervous excitement He waited for her arrival in a fever of impatience. See related entries: Nervous
  4. 4[uncountable] (especially in compounds) great interest or excitement about something election fever World Cup fever has gripped the country.
  5. Word OriginOld English fēfor, from Latin febris; reinforced in Middle English by Old French fievre, also from febris.Extra examples Election fever suddenly gripped the nation. He put his hand to my forehead as if I was running a fever. He suffered from recurrent bouts of fever. He was in bed with a fever. Inflammation is frequently accompanied by fever. James has come down with a fever. She had a very high fever. She was in a fever of anxiety about him. drugs which can help to bring down the fever
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