Meaning of FIRE in English


I. noun


a destructive burning

the house was destroyed by fire

Synonyms: conflagration, holocaust, inferno

Related Word: blaze, flame, flare, glare; burning, charring, scorching, searing

Idioms: sea of flames, sheet of fire


Synonyms: passion 6, ardor, calenture, enthusiasm, fervor, hurrah, zeal

Related Word: animation, exhilaration, liveliness; dash, drive, energy, ginger, gusto, heartiness, pep, punch, snap, spirit, starch, verve, vigor, vim, zest, zing, zip

Contrasted words: languor, lassitude, lethargy, listlessness, stupor, torpidity, torpor; apathy, impassivity, phlegm

II. verb


Synonyms: light 1, enkindle, ignite, inflame, kindle

Idioms: set fire to, set on fire

Contrasted words: extinguish, quench, smother


to stimulate (as mental powers) to higher or more intense activity

a painting that fired the viewer's imagination

Synonyms: animate, exalt, inform, inspire; compare provoke 4

Related Word: arouse, enliven, rouse, stir; electrify, excite; heighten, intensify; enthuse, thrill

Contrasted words: appall, dismay; alarm, frighten, terrify

Antonyms: daunt


Synonyms: dismiss 3, ax, boot (out), bounce, ||can, discharge, drop, kick out, sack, terminate

Related Word: eject, expel, oust

Idioms: give the pink slip, give the sack, strike off the rolls

Contrasted words: engage; appoint, designate, elect, name

Antonyms: hire


Synonyms: shoot 1, discharge, loose


Synonyms: throw 1, ||bung, cast, fling, heave, hurl, launch, pitch, sling, toss


to dry or harden by subjecting to heat

fire bricks

Synonyms: bake, burn, kiln

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