Definition of fever in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈfiːvə


  • 1An abnormally high body temperature, usually accompanied by shivering, headache, and in severe instances, delirium: she had a slight fever [mass noun]: quinine was used to reduce malarial fever
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    • Initial signs and symptoms are generalized malaise, chills, fevers, headaches, arthralgias, and a nonproductive cough.
    • A person with glandular fever is most infectious when they have a fever (high temperature).
    • Call your doctor if your child also gets a fever, diarrhea, headache, or skin rash.
    feverishness, high temperature, febricity, febrility; shivering; delirium; Medicine pyrexia
    informal temperature, temp
    rare calenture
  • 1.1A state of nervous excitement or agitation: I was mystified, and in a fever of expectation
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    • When the girls had left, Zara turned to Paz in a fever of agitation.
    • Why then, last November, did I find Georgians in such a fever of expectation?
    • He shifted in his sleep, his eyes fluttering in the fever of a dream.
  • 1.2 [mass noun, with modifier] The excitement felt by a group of people about a particular public event: election fever reaches its climax tomorrow
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    • As election fever mounts, parties are going after one another in wars of words, and lawsuits and counter charges are flying about.
    • As election fever heats up, both sides are calling their supporters onto the streets.
    • First day of Spring and Sydney catches mainstream federal election fever via sidelines.
    ferment, frenzy, furore, ecstasy, rapture, hubbub, hurly-burlyexcitement, frenzy, agitation, turmoil, restlessness, unrest, passion


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  • Bring about a high body temperature or a state of nervous excitement in: a heart which sin has fevered
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    • But like boils that erupt at separate places on the skin, they are fevered into being by one invisible short-circuited wiring in the body politic beneath.
    • Not since the Pilgrim Fathers boarded a cruise ship for new lives in the redskin-ridden plains of America has such wanderlust fevered the British brain.


Old English fēfor, from Latin febris; reinforced in Middle English by Old French fievre, also from febris.

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