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From Middle English *enflammen, enflawmen, from Old French enflammer (to inflame), from Latin inflammō (to kindle, set on fire, verb), from in (in, on) + flamma (flame), equivalent to in- +‎ flame.



inflame (third-person singular simple present inflames, present participle inflaming, simple past and past participle inflamed)

  1. To set on fire; to kindle; to cause to burn, flame, or glow.
    • Chapman
      We should have made retreat / By light of the inflamed fleet.
  2. (figuratively) To kindle or intensify, as passion or appetite; to excite to an excessive or unnatural action or heat.
    to inflame desire
    • Milton
      more, it seems, inflamed with lust than rage
    • Dryden
      But, O inflame and fire our hearts.
  3. To provoke to anger or rage; to exasperate; to irritate; to incense; to enrage.
    • Shakespeare
      It will inflame you; it will make you mad.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 12, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      To Edward [] he was terrible, nerve-inflaming, poisonously asphyxiating. He sat rocking himself in the late Mr. Churchill's swing chair, smoking and twaddling.
  4. To put in a state of inflammation; to produce morbid heat, congestion, or swelling, of.
    to inflame the eyes by overwork
  5. To exaggerate; to enlarge upon.
    • Addison
      A friend exaggerates a man's virtues, an enemy inflames his crimes.
    • 1773, Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer
      As you say, we passengers are to be taxed to pay all these fineries. I have often seen a good sideboard, or a marble chimney-piece, though not actually put in the bill, inflame a reckoning confoundedly.
  6. To grow morbidly hot, congested, or painful; to become angry or incensed.


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  1. First-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of inflamar
  2. Third-person singular (ele, ela, also used with tu and você?) present subjunctive of inflamar
  3. Third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of inflamar
  4. Third-person singular (você) negative imperative of inflamar




  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of inflamar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of inflamar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of inflamar.