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From Proto-Indo-European *bʰeru- ‎(to be hot, boil). Cognates include Ancient Greek φρέαρ ‎(phréar), Old Armenian բորբ ‎(borb), Welsh berw ‎(to boil), English burn, brew.



ferveō ‎(present infinitive fervēre, perfect active ferbuī, supine fervitum); second conjugation

  1. I am hot.
  2. I burn.
  3. I boil; seethe, foam.
  4. (figuratively) I come or swarm forth in great numbers.
  5. (figuratively) I am inflamed, agitated or fired up.


  • This verb has only limited passive conjugation; only third-person passive forms are attested in surviving sources.
   Conjugation of ferveo (second conjugation, active only)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present ferveō fervēs fervet fervēmus fervētis fervent
imperfect fervēbam fervēbās fervēbat fervēbāmus fervēbātis fervēbant
future fervēbō fervēbis fervēbit fervēbimus fervēbitis fervēbunt
perfect ferbuī ferbuistī ferbuit ferbuimus ferbuistis ferbuērunt, ferbuēre
pluperfect ferbueram ferbuerās ferbuerat ferbuerāmus ferbuerātis ferbuerant
future perfect ferbuerō ferbueris ferbuerit ferbuerimus ferbueritis ferbuerint
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present ferveam ferveās ferveat ferveāmus ferveātis ferveant
imperfect fervērem fervērēs fervēret fervērēmus fervērētis fervērent
perfect ferbuerim ferbuerīs ferbuerit ferbuerīmus ferbuerītis ferbuerint
pluperfect ferbuissem ferbuissēs ferbuisset ferbuissēmus ferbuissētis ferbuissent
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present fervē fervēte
future fervētō fervētō fervētōte ferventō
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives fervēre ferbuisse fervitūrus esse
participles fervēns fervitūrus
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
fervēre fervendī fervendō fervendum fervitum fervitū

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  • ferveo” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
  • fever in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911