Definition of fever in English:


Syllabification: fe·ver
Pronunciation: /ˈfēvər


1An abnormally high body temperature, usually accompanied by shivering, headache, and in severe instances, delirium: I would take aspirin to help me with the pain and reduce the fever African equine 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, febrility;
Medicine pyrexia
informal temperature
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 [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, furor;
ecstasy, rapture
excitement, frenzy, agitation, passion


[with object] archaic Back to top  
Bring about a high body temperature or a state of nervous excitement in (someone): 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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