- 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 still further.
- 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. Word Origin Middle English enflaume, inflaume, from Old French enflammer, from Latin inflammare, from in-
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfleɪm//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfleɪm//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they inflame
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfleɪm//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfleɪm//he / she / it inflames
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfleɪmz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfleɪmz//past simple inflamed
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfleɪmd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfleɪmd//past participle inflamed
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfleɪmd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfleɪmd//-ing form inflaming
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfleɪmɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfleɪmɪŋ//