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  1. [noun] the event of something burning (often destructive); "they lost everything in the fire"

  2. [noun] the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke; "fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries"
    Synonyms: flame, flaming

  3. [noun] the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy; "hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes"; "they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire"
    Synonyms: firing

  4. [noun] a fireplace in which a fire is burning; "they sat by the fire and talked"

  5. [noun] intense adverse criticism; "Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party"; "the government has come under attack"; "don't give me any flak"
    Synonyms: attack, flak, flack, blast

  6. [noun] feelings of great warmth and intensity; "he spoke with great ardor"
    Synonyms: ardor, ardour, fervor, fervour, fervency, fervidness

  7. [noun] once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)

  8. [noun] a severe trial; "he went through fire and damnation"

  9. [verb] start firing a weapon
    Synonyms: open

  10. [verb] cause to go off; "fire a gun"; "fire a bullet"
    Synonyms: discharge

  11. [verb] bake in a kiln so as to harden; "fire pottery"

  12. [verb] terminate the employment of; "The boss fired his secretary today"; "The company terminated 25% of its workers"
    Synonyms: give notice, can, dismiss, give the axe, send away, sack, force out, give the sack, terminate

  13. [verb] go off or discharge; "The gun fired"
    Synonyms: discharge, go off

  14. [verb] drive out or away by or as if by fire; "The soldiers were fired"; "Surrender fires the cold skepticism"

  15. [verb] call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"
    Synonyms: arouse, elicit, enkindle, kindle, evoke, raise, provoke

  16. [verb] destroy by fire; "They burned the house and his diaries"
    Synonyms: burn, burn down

  17. [verb] provide with fuel; "Oil fires the furnace"
    Synonyms: fuel


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