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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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arouse agitation or promote change

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Used as a verb, listen here, it means: arouse agitation or promote change. Used as a noun, listen here, it means: A person or thing that stimulates agitation or the active working out of change in an individual or society.

Usage examples (38)
  • Challenging experiences need time to ferment, and adventure is simply physical and emotional discomfort recollected in tranquility.
  • We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content
  • The political ferment produced new leadership
  • Noun : The new painters worked in a creative ferment. The capital lived in a political ferment for more
Tutoring comment
  • A new way to "ferment" (to cause fermentation or an enzymatic breakdown) grapes into wine would "foment" (to provide; to encourage; to instigate) winemakers to learn how to do it.
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