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ferment

fer·ment

ferment

 
parts of speech:
noun, verb
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: fuhr ment
definition 1: a substance that causes the chemical change of fermentation.
Yeast is used as a ferment when making beer.
definition 2: a state of upset or fast change.
The country was in a ferment when rebels tried to take over the government.
 
part of speech: verb
pronunciation: fr ment
inflections: fermented, fermenting, ferments
definition 1: to cause to ferment.
We fermented the grapes to make wine.
similar words:
sour, turn
definition 2: to undergo the chemical change of fermentation.
The fruit juice is fermenting in the jar.
derivations: fermentable (adj.), fermentability (n.)