UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈfaɪər/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/faɪr/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(fīər)

Inflections of 'fire' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
fire /faɪr/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  fired, fir•ing. 
  1. Chemistry[uncountable] a state, process, or instance of light, heat, and flame due to burning.
  2. [countable] a burning mass of fuel, such as on a hearth.
  3. the destructive burning of a building, town, forest, etc.;
    conflagration:[countable]several brush fires.
  4. burning passion;
    excitement:[uncountable]The general gave a speech that was full of fire and aroused his men.
  5. the shooting or discharge of firearms:[uncountable]The enemy returned fire.

  1. to set on fire:[+ object]It took several matches to fire the wood.
  2. Ceramics[+ object] to bake (pottery) in a kiln.
  3. to arouse:[+ object]a teacher who fired my interest in astronomy.
  4. to discharge (a gun): [+ object]The officers fired their pistols at the suspect.[no object]Fire when ready.
  5. to dismiss from a job:[+ object]The boss fired her.
  1. Idiomscatch (on) fire, [no obj] to become ignited;
    burn:The wet logs just wouldn't catch (on) fire.
  2. Idiomsplay with fire, [no obj] to trifle with a serious or dangerous matter.
  3. Idiomsunder fire: 
    • under attack, esp. by military forces.
    • under censure or criticism:a candidate under fire for allegations about his finances.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
fire  (fīər),USA pronunciation n., v.,  fired, fir•ing. 
  1. a state, process, or instance of combustion in which fuel or other material is ignited and combined with oxygen, giving off light, heat, and flame.
  2. a burning mass of material, as on a hearth or in a furnace.
  3. the destructive burning of a building, town, forest, etc.;
  4. heat used for cooking, esp. the lighted burner of a stove:Put the kettle on the fire.
  5. Ancient HistorySee  Greek fire. 
  6. flashing light;
    luminous appearance.
  7. brilliance, as of a gem.
  8. burning passion;
    excitement or enthusiasm;
  9. liveliness of imagination.
  10. fever or inflammation.
  11. severe trial or trouble;
  12. exposure to fire as a means of torture or ordeal.
  13. strength, as of an alcoholic beverage.
  14. a spark or sparks.
  15. the discharge of firearms:enemy fire.
  16. the effect of firing military weapons:to pour fire upon the enemy.
  17. British Termsa gas or electric heater used for heating a room.
  18. [Literary.]a luminous object, as a star:heavenly fires.
  19. Idiomsbetween two fires, under physical or verbal attack from two or more sides simultaneously:The senator is between two fires because of his stand on the bill.
  20. Idioms, Informal Termsbuild a fire under, [Informal.]to cause or urge to take action, make a decision quickly, or work faster:If somebody doesn't build a fire under that committee, it will never reach a decision.
  21. Idiomscatch fire: 
    • Also,  catch on fire. to become ignited;
      burn:The sofa caught fire from a lighted cigarette.
    • to create enthusiasm:His new book did not catch fire among his followers.
  22. Idiomsfight fire with fire, to use the same tactics as one's opponent;
    return like for like.
  23. Idiomsgo through fire and water, to brave any danger or endure any trial:He said he would go through fire and water to win her hand.
  24. Idiomshang fire: 
    • to be delayed in exploding, or fail to explode.
    • to be undecided, postponed, or delayed:The new housing project is hanging fire because of concerted opposition.
  25. Idiomsmiss fire: 
    • to fail to explode or discharge, as a firearm.
    • to fail to produce the desired effect;
      be unsuccessful:He repeated the joke, but it missed fire the second time.
  26. Idiomson fire: 
    • ignited;
    • eager;
      zealous:They were on fire to prove themselves in competition.
  27. Idiomsplay with fire, to trifle with a serious or dangerous matter:He didn't realize that insulting the border guards was playing with fire.
  28. Idiomsset fire to: 
    • to cause to burn;
    • to excite;
      inflame:The painting set fire to the composer's imagination.Also,  set on fire. 
  29. Idiomstake fire: 
    • Idiomsto become ignited;
    • Idiomsto become inspired with enthusiasm or zeal:Everyone who heard him speak immediately took fire.
  30. under fire: 
    • Idiomsunder attack, esp. by military forces.
    • Idiomsunder censure or criticism:The school administration is under fire for its policies.

  1. to set on fire.
  2. to supply with fuel;
    attend to the fire of:They fired the boiler.
  3. to expose to the action of fire;
    subject to heat.
  4. to apply heat to in a kiln for baking or glazing;
  5. to heat very slowly for the purpose of drying, as tea.
  6. to inflame, as with passion;
    fill with ardor.
  7. to inspire.
  8. to light or cause to glow as if on fire.
  9. to discharge (a gun).
  10. to project (a bullet or the like) by or as if by discharging from a gun.
  11. to subject to explosion or explosive force, as a mine.
  12. to hurl;
    throw:to fire a stone through a window.
  13. to dismiss from a job.
  14. Veterinary Diseasesto apply a heated iron to (the skin) in order to create a local inflammation of the superficial structures, with the intention of favorably affecting deeper inflammatory processes.
  15. to drive out or away by or as by fire.

  1. to take fire;
    be kindled.
  2. to glow as if on fire.
  3. to become inflamed with passion;
    become excited.
  4. to shoot, as a gun.
  5. to discharge a gun:to fire at a fleeing enemy.
  6. to hurl a projectile.
  7. Music and Danceto ring the bells of a chime all at once.
  8. (of plant leaves) to turn yellow or brown before the plant matures.
  9. Automotive(of an internal-combustion engine) to cause ignition of the air-fuel mixture in a cylinder or cylinders.
  10. Physiology(of a nerve cell) to discharge an electric impulse.
  11. Informal Termsfire away, to begin to talk and continue without slackening, as to ask a series of questions:The reporters fired away at the president.
  12. fire off: 
    • to discharge (as weapons, ammunition, etc.):Police fired off canisters of tear gas.
    • to write and send hurriedly:She fired off an angry letter to her congressman.
firer, n. 
  • bef. 900; (noun, nominal) Middle English; Old English fȳr; cognate with Old Norse fūrr, German Feuer, Greek pŷr (see pyro-); (verb, verbal) Middle English firen to kindle, inflame, derivative of the noun, nominal

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
fire /faɪə/ n
  1. the state of combustion in which inflammable material burns, producing heat, flames, and often smoke
  2. a mass of burning coal, wood, etc, used esp in a hearth to heat a room
  3. (in combination): firewood, firelighter
  4. a destructive conflagration, as of a forest, building, etc
  5. a device for heating a room, etc
  6. something resembling a fire in light or brilliance: a diamond's fire
  7. a flash or spark of or as if of fire
  8. the act of discharging weapons, artillery, etc
  9. the shells, etc, fired
  10. a burst or rapid volley: a fire of questions
  11. intense passion; ardour
  12. liveliness, as of imagination, thought, etc
  13. a burning sensation sometimes produced by drinking strong alcoholic liquor
  14. fever and inflammation
  15. a severe trial or torment (esp in the phrase go through fire and water)
  16. catch fireto ignite
  17. draw someone's fireto attract the criticism or censure of someone
  18. hang fireto delay firing
  19. to delay or be delayed
  20. no smoke without firethe evidence strongly suggests something has indeed happened
  21. on firein a state of ignition
  22. ardent or eager
  23. informal playing or performing at the height of one's abilities
  24. open fireto start firing a gun, artillery, etc
  25. play with fireto be involved in something risky
  26. set fire to, set on fireBrit to ignite
  27. to arouse or excite
  28. set the world on fire, Brit set the Thames on fire, Scot set the heather on fireinformal to cause a great sensation
  29. under firebeing attacked, as by weapons or by harsh criticism
  30. (modifier) of or relating to a group of three signs of the zodiac, Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius
  1. to discharge (a firearm or projectile) or (of a firearm, etc) to be discharged
  2. to detonate (an explosive charge or device) or (of such a charge or device) to be detonated
  3. (transitive) informal to dismiss from employment
  4. (transitive) to bake in a kiln to harden the clay, fix the glaze, etc
  5. to kindle or be kindled; ignite
  6. (transitive) to provide with fuel: oil fires the heating system
  7. (intransitive) to tend a fire
  8. (transitive) to subject to heat
  9. (transitive) to heat slowly so as to dry
  10. (transitive) to arouse to strong emotion
  11. to glow or cause to glow
  12. (intransitive) (of an internal-combustion engine) to ignite
  13. (intransitive) (of grain) to become blotchy or yellow before maturity
  14. another word for cauterize
  15. (intransitive) Austral informal (of a sportsman, etc) to play well or with enthusiasm
sentence substitute
  1. a cry to warn others of a fire
  2. the order to begin firing a gun, artillery, etc
Etymology: Old English fӯr; related to Old Saxon fiur, Old Norse fūrr, Old High German fūir, Greek pur

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