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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fire up mean? 

FIRE UP (verb)
  The verb FIRE UP has 2 senses:

1. arouse or excite feelings and passions
2. begin to smoke

  Familiarity information: FIRE UP used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

FIRE UP (verb)

Sense 1fire up [BACK TO TOP]


Arouse or excite feelings and passions

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling


fire up; stir up; heat; ignite; wake; inflame

Context examples:

The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor / The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world / Wake old feelings of hatred

Hypernyms (to "fire up" is one way to...):

arouse; elicit; enkindle; evoke; fire; kindle; provoke; raise (call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fire up"):

ferment (work up into agitation or excitement)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sense 2fire up [BACK TO TOP]


Begin to smoke

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking


fire up; light; light up

Context example:

After the meal, some of the diners lit up

Hypernyms (to "fire up" is one way to...):

ignite; light (cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat)

"Fire up" entails doing...:

smoke (inhale and exhale smoke from cigarettes, cigars, pipes)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

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