Dictionary Results for ferment

1. ferment - noun

· a state of agitation or turbulent change or development; "the political ferment produced new leadership"; "social unrest"

Synonym(s): agitation, fermentation, tempestuousness, unrest

Hypernym(s): turbulence, upheaval, Sturm_und_Drang

2. ferment - noun

· a substance capable of bringing about fermentation

Hypernym(s): substance

3. ferment - noun

· a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol

Synonym(s): zymosis, zymolysis, fermentation, fermenting

Hypernym(s): chemical_process, chemical_change, chemical_action

4. ferment - verb

· be in an agitated or excited state; "The Middle East is fermenting"; "Her mind ferments"

Hypernym(s): seethe, boil

5. ferment - verb

· work up into agitation or excitement; "This religion is fermenting Africa"

Hypernym(s): inflame, stir_up, wake, ignite, heat, fire_up

6. ferment - verb

· cause to undergo fermentation; "We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content"; "The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats"

Synonym(s): work

Hypernym(s): convert

7. ferment - verb

· go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"

Synonym(s): sour, turn, work

Hypernym(s): change_state, turn

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