Pronunciation: (in-flām'), [key]
—v., -flamed, -flam•ing.
1. to kindle or excite (passions, desires, etc.).
2. to arouse to a high degree of passion or feeling: His harangue inflamed the rabble.
3. to incite or rouse, as to violence: His words inflamed the angry mob to riot.
4. (of an emotion, as rage) to cause to redden or grow heated: Uncontrollable rage inflamed his face.
5. to cause inflammation in: Her eyes were inflamed with crying.
6. to raise (the blood, bodily tissue, etc.) to a morbid or feverish heat.
7. to set aflame, ablaze, or afire; set on fire.
8. to redden with or as with flames: The setting sun inflames the sky.
1. to burst into flame; take fire.
2. to be kindled, as passion.
3. to become hot with passion, as the heart.
4. to become excessively affected with inflammation. Also,enflame.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.