To fire up
Fire Fire, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fired}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fring}.] 1. To set on fire; to kindle; as, to fire a house or chimney; to fire a pile. [1913 Webster]

2. To subject to intense heat; to bake; to burn in a kiln; as, to fire pottery. [1913 Webster]

3. To inflame; to irritate, as the passions; as, to fire the soul with anger, pride, or revenge. [1913 Webster]

Love had fired my mind. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. To animate; to give life or spirit to; as, to fire the genius of a young man. [1913 Webster]

5. To feed or serve the fire of; as, to fire a boiler. [1913 Webster]

6. To light up as if by fire; to illuminate. [1913 Webster]

[The sun] fires the proud tops of the eastern pines. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

7. To cause to explode; as, to fire a torpedo; to disharge; as, to fire a rifle, pistol, or cannon; to fire cannon balls, rockets, etc. [1913 Webster]

8. To drive by fire. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Till my bad angel fire my good one out. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

9. (Far.) To cauterize. [1913 Webster]

10. to dismiss from employment, a post, or other job; to cause (a person) to cease being an employee; -- of a person. The act of firing is usually performed by that person's supervisor or employer. ``You can't fire me! I quit!'' [PJC]

{To fire up},

1. to light up the fires of, as of an engine; also, figuratively, to start up any machine.

2. to render enthusiastic; -- of people. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To fire up — Fire Fire, v. i. 1. To take fire; to be kindled; to kindle. [1913 Webster] 2. To be irritated or inflamed with passion. [1913 Webster] 3. To discharge artillery or firearms; as, they fired on the town. [1913 Webster] {To fire up}, to grow… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To burn up — Burn Burn (b[^u]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Burned} (b[^u]rnd) or {Burnt} (b[^u]rnt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Burning}.] [OE. bernen, brennen, v. t., early confused with beornen, birnen, v. i., AS. b[ae]rnan, bernan, v. t., birnan, v. i.; akin to OS.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set up — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take up — Take Take, v. t. [imp. {Took} (t[oo^]k); p. p. {Taken} (t[=a]k n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Taking}.] [Icel. taka; akin to Sw. taga, Dan. tage, Goth. t[=e]kan to touch; of uncertain origin.] 1. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To catch up — Catch Catch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Caught}or {Catched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Catching}. Catched is rarely used.] [OE. cacchen, OF. cachier, dialectic form of chacier to hunt, F. chasser, fr. (assumend) LL. captiare, for L. capture, V. intens. of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To run up — Run Run, v. i. [imp. {Ran}or {Run}; p. p. {Run}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Running}.] [OE. rinnen, rennen (imp. ran, p. p. runnen, ronnen). AS. rinnan to flow (imp. ran, p. p. gerunnen), and iernan, irnan, to run (imp. orn, arn, earn, p. p. urnen); akin… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To rake up — Rake Rake, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Raked} (r[=a]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Raking}.] [AS. racian. See 1st {Rake}.] 1. To collect with a rake; as, to rake hay; often with up; as, he raked up the fallen leaves. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence: To collect or draw… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To burn up — Burn Burn, v. i. 1. To be of fire; to flame. The mount burned with fire. Deut. ix. 15. [1913 Webster] 2. To suffer from, or be scorched by, an excess of heat. [1913 Webster] Your meat doth burn, quoth I. Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To have a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To put up — Put Put, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Put}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Putting}.] [AS. potian to thrust: cf. Dan. putte to put, to put into, Fries. putje; perh. akin to W. pwtio to butt, poke, thrust; cf. also Gael. put to push, thrust, and E. potter, v. i.] 1. To …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To blow up — Blow Blow, v. t. 1. To force a current of air upon with the mouth, or by other means; as, to blow the fire. [1913 Webster] 2. To drive by a current air; to impel; as, the tempest blew the ship ashore. [1913 Webster] Off at sea northeast winds… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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