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fire

Synonyms of fire in English:

noun

  • 1 a fire broke out in the kitchen
  • 2 he turned on the electric fire
  • 3 he lacked fire and animation
    dynamism, energy, vigour, animation, vitality, vibrancy, exuberance, ebullience, zest, elan;
    sparkle, scintillation, dash;
    enthusiasm, eagerness, gusto;
    fervour, fervency, force, potency, vehemence;
    inspiration, imagination, creativity, inventiveness, flair
  • 4 rapid machine-gun fire
    gunfire, firing, sniping, flak, bombardment;
  • 5 journalists would be better off directing their fire at the prime minister
    disapproval, hostility, antagonism, animosity, ill will, enmity
    informal flak, brickbats, knocks, raps
  • Phrases

    catch fire

    1
    the driver got out before the car caught fire

    on fire

    2
  • 1 the restaurant was on fire
    alight, lit, lighted, ignited
    literary afire
  • 2 she was on fire with passion
  • verb

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  • 1 howitzers that fired shells in a high arc
    launch, shoot, discharge, eject, hurl, throw, send flying, let fly with, loose off, shy, send
    North American informal pop
  • 2 someone fired a gun at me
    shoot, discharge, let off, trigger, set off, blast;
    let fly with
  • 4 the engine fired and she put her foot down
    ignite, start, catch, get started, get going
  • 5 archaic I fired the straw
    light, ignite, kindle, set fire to, set on fire, set alight, set ablaze, put a match to, touch off, spark off, incinerate
    informal torch
    literary enkindle, inflame
    [Antonyms] put out
  • 6 she fired my imagination with her tales of warfare and terror
    inspire, motivate, quicken, incite, drive, impel, spur on, galvanize, electrify, trigger, impassion
    [Antonyms] deaden
  • Phrases

    fire up

    1
  • 1 the entrepreneurial spirit that fired him up seventeen years ago
    activate, motivate, stimulate, actuate, move, drive, rouse, stir, stir up, arouse, energize, animate, fire;
    prompt, incite, spark off, influence, impel, spur on, urge, goad
  • 2 derby games invariably fire up the supporters
    stir up, arouse, rouse, excite, galvanize, electrify, stimulate, inspire, move, fire the enthusiasm of, fire the imagination of, get going, whip up, inflame, agitate, goad, provoke, spur on, urge, encourage, animate, incite, egg on;
    North American light a fire under
    rare inspirit
  • Word links

    pyro- related prefix, as in pyroclastic
    pyrophobia fear of fire
    pyromania obsession with fire

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