Other forms: fired; fires; firing

If you gather kindling and logs and burn them, then you've made a fire. For safety, you should make your fire in a fire pit or fireplace, but for fun, you can toast marshmallows over the fire.

As a verb, fire can mean to discharge a weapon. Your hometown might fire a cannon on the common each year to celebrate the Fourth of July. Rather than use a real cannonball, they probably fire it with blanks. The verb fire can also mean to terminate from a position of employment. It's no fun to have to fire someone, especially the guy you fire is your brother.

Definitions of fire
  1. 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
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    blaze, blazing
    a strong flame that burns brightly
    a sudden burst of flame
    the process of initiating combustion or catching fire
    spontaneous combustion
    ignition of a substance (as oily rags) resulting from an internal oxidation process
    type of:
    burning, combustion
    a process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to give heat and light
  2. noun
    once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
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    one of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe
  3. noun
    the event of something burning (often destructive)
    “they lost everything in the fire
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    a fire that is set intentionally in order to slow an approaching forest fire or grassfire by clearing a burned area in its path
    balefire, bonfire
    a large outdoor fire that is lighted as a signal or in celebration
    brush fire
    an uncontrolled fire that consumes brush and shrubs and bushes
    a small outdoor fire for warmth or cooking (as at a camp)
    conflagration, inferno
    a very intense and uncontrolled fire
    forest fire
    an uncontrolled fire in a wooded area
    grassfire, prairie fire
    an uncontrolled fire in a grassy area
    smolder, smoulder
    a fire that burns with thick smoke but no flame
    a smoky fire to drive away insects
    crown fire
    a forest fire that advances with great speed jumping from crown to crown ahead of the ground fire
    ground fire
    a forest fire that burns the humus; may not appear on the surface
    surface fire
    a forest fire that burns only the surface litter and undergrowth
    a destructing burning that is raging and rapidly spreading
    type of:
    happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
    an event that happens
  4. noun
    fuel that is burning and is used as a means for cooking
    “put the kettle on the fire
    “barbecue over an open fire
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    a substance that can be consumed to produce energy
  5. noun
    a fireplace in which a relatively small fire is burning
    “they sat by the fire and talked”
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    a fire for cooking
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    fireplace, hearth, open fireplace
    an open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire can be built
  6. verb
    bake in a kiln so as to harden
    fire pottery”
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    cook and make edible by putting in a hot oven
  7. verb
    provide with fuel
    “Oil fires the furnace”
    synonyms: fuel
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    furnish, provide, render, supply
    give something useful or necessary to
  8. verb
    destroy by fire
    synonyms: burn, burn down
    burn, combust
    undergo combustion
    burn, incinerate
    cause to undergo combustion
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    set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest or prairie fire
    reduce to ashes
    burn maliciously, as by arson
    scathe, scorch
    destroy completely by or as if by fire
    type of:
    destroy, ruin
    destroy completely; damage irreparably
  9. 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
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    antiaircraft fire
    firing at enemy aircraft
    barrage, barrage fire, battery, bombardment, shelling
    the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target
    the simultaneous firing of all the armament on one side of a warship
    burst, fusillade, salvo, volley
    rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
    call fire
    fire delivered on a specific target in response to a request from the supported unit
    cover, covering fire
    fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations
    concentrated fire, massed fire
    fire from two or more weapons directed at a single target or area (as fire by batteries of two or more warships)
    fire intended to neutralize or destroy enemy weapons
    counterpreparation fire
    intensive prearranged fire delivered when the immanence of enemy attack is discovered
    fire from two or more points so that the lines of fire cross
    destruction fire
    fire delivered for the sole purpose of destroying material objects
    direct fire
    fire delivered on a target that is visible to the person aiming it
    distributed fire
    fire dispersed so as to engage effectively an area target
    fratricide, friendly fire
    fire that injures or kills an ally
    hostile fire
    fire that injures or kills an enemy
    grazing fire
    fire approximately parallel to the ground; the center of the cone of fire does rise above 1 meter from the ground
    harassing fire
    fire designed to disturb the rest of enemy troops and to curtail movement and to lower enemy morale
    indirect fire
    fire delivered on a target that is not itself used as the point of aim for the weapons
    interdiction fire
    fire directed to an area to prevent the enemy from using that area
    neutralization fire
    fire that is delivered in order to render the target ineffective or unusable
    observed fire
    fire for which the point of impact (the burst) can be seen by an observer; fire can be adjusted on the basis of the observations
    preparation fire
    fire delivered on a target in preparation for an assault
    radar fire
    gunfire aimed a target that is being tracked by radar
    registration fire
    fire delivered to obtain accurate data for subsequent effective engagement of targets
    scheduled fire
    prearranged fire delivered at a predetermined time
    searching fire
    fire distributed in depth by successive changes in the elevation of the gun
    supporting fire
    fire delivered by supporting units to protect or assist a unit in combat
    suppressive fire
    fire on or about a weapon system to degrade its performance below what is needed to fulfill its mission objectives
    unobserved fire
    fire for which the point of impact (the bursts) cannot be observed
    artillery fire, cannon fire
    fire delivered by artillery
    close supporting fire
    fire on enemy troops or weapons or positions that are near the supported unit and are the most immediate and serious threat to it
    deep supporting fire
    fire on objectives not in the immediate vicinity of your forces but with the objective of destroying enemy reserves and weapons and interfering with the enemy command and supply and communications
    direct supporting fire
    fire delivered in support of part of a force (as opposed to general supporting fire delivered in support of the force as a whole)
    counterbattery fire
    fire delivered to neutralize or destroy indirect fire weapon systems
    bombardment intended to destroy or neutralize enemy weapons
    countermortar fire
    mortar fire intended to destroy or neutralize enemy weapons
    cannonade, drumfire
    intense and continuous artillery fire
    high-angle fire
    fire from a cannon that is fired at an elevation greater than that for the maximum range
    mortar fire
    artillery fire delivered by a mortar
    zone fire
    artillery or mortar fire delivered in a constant direction at several quadrant elevations
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    attack, onrush, onset, onslaught
    (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)
  10. verb
    cause to go off
    fire a gun”
    fire a bullet”
    synonyms: discharge
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    fire a weapon with a loud explosive noise
    let drive, let fly, loose off
    fire as from a gun
    blast, shoot
    fire a shot
    attack with fusillade
    blaze, blaze away
    shoot rapidly and repeatedly
    shoot beyond or over (a target)
    sharpshoot, snipe
    aim and shoot with great precision
    open fire
    start firing a weapon
    shoot with a gun
    deliver forth
  11. verb
    start firing a weapon
    synonyms: open fire
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    blast, shoot
    fire a shot
  12. verb
    go off or discharge
    “The gun fired
    synonyms: discharge, go off
  13. noun
    a severe trial
    “he went through fire and damnation”
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    trial, tribulation, visitation
    an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event
  14. noun
    intense adverse criticism
    “Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party”
    synonyms: attack, blast, flack, flak
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    criticism, unfavorable judgment
    disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings
  15. noun
    feelings of great warmth and intensity
    synonyms: ardor, ardour, fervency, fervidness, fervor, fervour
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    excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end
    type of:
    passion, passionateness
    a strong feeling or emotion
  16. verb
    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
    synonyms: arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, kindle, pique, provoke, raise
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    strike a chord, touch a chord
    evoke a reaction, response, or emotion
    ask for, invite
    increase the likelihood of
    elicit responses, such as objections, criticism, applause, etc.
    arouse again
    arouse unreasoning love or passion in and cause to behave in an irrational way
    cause a sharp emotional pain
    fire up, heat, ignite, inflame, stir up, wake
    arouse or excite feelings and passions
    excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir
    stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
    arouse or elicit a feeling
    make angry
    discomfit, discompose, disconcert, rattle, untune, upset
    cause to lose one's composure
    cause to be ashamed
    bruise, hurt, injure, offend, spite, wound
    hurt the feelings of
    overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, sweep over, whelm
    overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
    excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
    beg the question
    elicit or call to mind a question, especially one that has not yet been addressed
    increase or intensify an emotion or response
    overwhelm or overpower
    absorb, engage, engross, occupy
    consume all of one's attention or time
    clutch, get hold of, seize
    affront, diss, insult
    treat, mention, or speak to rudely
    work up into agitation or excitement
    arouse, excite, sex, turn on, wind up
    stimulate sexually
    affright, fright, frighten, scare
    cause fear in
    enervate, faze, unnerve, unsettle
    disturb the composure of
    cause to lose control emotionally
    cause to become violent or angry
    cause to be annoyed
    gall, irk
    irritate or vex
    exasperate, incense, infuriate
    make furious
    make mad
    offend, pique
    cause to feel resentment or indignation
    bemuse, bewilder, discombobulate, throw
    cause to be confused emotionally
    abash, embarrass
    cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
    look with disfavor on
    anguish, hurt, pain
    cause emotional anguish or make miserable
    deeply hurt the feelings of; distress
    cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging
    put into a rage; make violently angry
    thrill, tickle, vibrate
    feel sudden intense sensation or emotion
    cause great unhappiness for; distress
    abase, chagrin, humble, humiliate, mortify
    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
    invite, tempt
    give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting
    overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration
    overtake with darkness or night
    knock out
    overwhelm with admiration
    astound or overwhelm, as with shock
    hold fast (in a certain state)
    elate, intoxicate, lift up, pick up, uplift
    fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
    animate, enliven, exalt, inspire, invigorate
    heighten or intensify
    excite pleasurably or erotically
    aggravate, exacerbate, exasperate
    exasperate or irritate
    fascinate, grip, spellbind, transfix
    render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
    cause to feel enthusiasm
    type of:
    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  17. verb
    drive out or away by or as if by fire
    “The soldiers were fired
    “Surrender fires the cold skepticism”
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    chase away, dispel, drive away, drive off, drive out, run off, turn back
    force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings
  18. verb
    terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
    “The boss fired his secretary today”
    synonyms: can, dismiss, displace, force out, give notice, give the axe, give the sack, sack, send away, terminate
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    employ, engage, hire
    engage or hire for work
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    make (someone) retire
    pension off
    let go from employment with an attractive pension
    clean out
    force out
    furlough, lay off
    dismiss, usually for economic reasons
    squeeze out
    force out
    dismiss, drop, send away, send packing
    stop associating with
    retire and pension (someone) because of age or physical inability
    dismiss from work
    type of:
    remove from a position or an office




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