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fire

fire

 
 
pronunciation:
faIr
parts of speech:
noun, verb
phrases:
catch fire, play with fire, set fire to
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the heat, light, and flames produced by burning.
 
synonyms:
flames
similar words:
combustion, energy, glow, heat, light, spark, sparkle
definition 2: a particular burning, as in a stove or furnace or other contained area.
Mrs. Brown lit a fire in the fireplace.
 
similar words:
blaze, bonfire
definition 3: an instance of burning that harms or destroys.
There was a fire at the library last night.
 
synonyms:
blaze
similar words:
holocaust
definition 4: excitement or passion; strong emotion.
You could see the fire in his eyes when he talked about sailing.
synonyms:
heat, passion
similar words:
enthusiasm, imagination, intensity, power
definition 5: the shooting of a weapon or weapons.
The fire of guns marked the start of the parade.
synonyms:
discharge, shot
similar words:
barrage, gunfire, volley
phrase: catch fire
phrase: play with fire
phrase: set fire to
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: fired, fires, firing
definition 1: to shoot.
Don't fire that rifle!
synonyms:
discharge, shoot
similar words:
gun, volley
definition 2: to use extreme heat on; bake in a kiln.
He fired the clay pots to make them hard.
synonyms:
bake
similar words:
heat, smelt
definition 3: to make full of energy; excite (sometimes followed by "up").
The coach fired up his team before the game.
synonyms:
inflame, inspire, kindle, rouse
similar words:
agitate, animate, arouse, incite, provoke, stimulate, stir
definition 4: to let go or dismiss from a job.
The boss fired him for being late to work.
synonyms:
discharge, dismiss, sack
antonyms:
hire
similar words:
dump, oust, remove
definition 5: to shoot a gun.
He fired at the target.
similar words:
blaze, volley
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