adjective or adverb Date: 13th century 1. being on fire ; blazing 2. being in a state of great excitement or energy <
her music set the audience afire

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  • Afire — A*fire ([.a]*f[imac]r ), adv. & a. [Pref. a + fire.] On fire. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • afire — (adj.) c.1200, afure, from a on (see A (Cf. a ) (1)) + FIRE (Cf. fire) (n.). Figurative use by late 14c …   Etymology dictionary

  • afire — [ə fīr′] adv., adj. 1. on fire; burning 2. greatly excited …   English World dictionary

  • afire — [[t]əfa͟ɪ͟ə(r)[/t]] 1) ADJ: v link ADJ, v n ADJ If something is afire or is set afire, it is on fire or looks as if it is on fire. The houses were set afire but there were only minor injuries to seven personnel... The sun has already set, leaving …   English dictionary

  • afire — adjective, adverb (not before noun) literary 1 burning: The oil tanker was afire. 2 filled with strong emotions or excitement (+ with): afire with patriotism …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • afire — /euh fuyeur /, adj. 1. on fire: to set a house afire. 2. aflame (def. 2). [1175 1225; ME; see A 1, FIRE] * * * …   Universalium

  • afire — I afire, aflame (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. See heat, feeling. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. on fire, aflame, burning, excited; see burning 1 , excited . III (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective On fire: ablaze, aflame, alight2,… …   English dictionary for students

  • afire — a|fire [əˈfaıə US əˈfaır] adj, adv [not before noun] literary burning = ↑ablaze ▪ One of the boats had been set afire …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • afire — a|fire [ ə faır ] adjective never before noun on fire: It is thought that some kids set the house afire …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • afire — UK [əˈfaɪə(r)] / US [əˈfaɪr] adjective [never before noun] on fire It is thought that some kids set the house afire …   English dictionary

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