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  1. [noun] a state of agitation or turbulent change or development; "the political ferment produced a new leadership"; "social unrest"
    Synonyms: agitation, ation, unrest

  2. [noun] a substance capable of bringing about fermentation

  3. [noun] a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol
    Synonyms: zymosis, zymolysis, ation, ing

  4. [noun] a chemical phenomenon in which an organic molecule splits into simpler substances
    Synonyms: ation

  5. [verb] be in an agitated or excited state; "The Middle East is fermenting"; "Her mind ferments"

  6. [verb] work up into agitation or excitement; "Islam is fermenting Africa"

  7. [verb] cause to undergo fermentation; "We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content"; "The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats"
    Synonyms: work

  8. [verb] go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned
    Synonyms: sour, turn, work


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