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Verb: ferment  'fur,ment
  1. Go sour or spoil
    "The milk has fermented";
    - sour, turn, work
  2. Cause to undergo fermentation
    "We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content";
    - work
  3. Be in an agitated or excited state
    "The Middle East is fermenting"; "Her mind ferments"
  4. Work up into agitation or excitement
    "Islam is fermenting Africa"
Noun: ferment  'fur,ment
  1. A state of agitation or turbulent change or development
    "the political ferment produced new leadership";
    - agitation, fermentation, tempestuousness, unrest
  2. [archaic] A substance capable of bringing about fermentation

Derived forms: fermented, fermenting, ferments

Type of: boil, change state, convert, fire up, heat, ignite, inflame, seethe, stir up, Sturm und Drang, substance, turbulence, turn, upheaval, wake

Encyclopedia: Ferment