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Definition 1: a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol - [noun denoting process]

Synonyms for ferment in the sense of this definition

(ferment is a kind of ...) (chemistry) any process determined by the atomic and molecular composition and structure of the substances involved

(... is a kind of ferment ) a slow kind of alcoholic fermentation at a temperature low enough that the yeast cells can sink to the bottom of the fermenting liquid; used in the production of lager

(... is a kind of ferment ) a violent kind of alcoholic fermentation at a temperature high enough to carry the yeast cells to the top of the fermenting liquid; used in the production of ale

"top fermentation uses a yeast that ferments at higher temperatures than that used for bottom fermentation"

(... is a kind of ferment ) the process whereby fermentation changes grape juice into wine

Definition 2: a state of agitation or turbulent change or development - [noun denoting state]

Samples where ferment or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the political ferment produced new leadership
  • social unrest

Synonyms for ferment in the sense of this definition

(ferment is a kind of ...) a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally)

"the industrial revolution was a period of great turbulence"

Definition 3: a substance capable of bringing about fermentation - [noun denoting substance]

(ferment is a kind of ...) a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties

"shigella is one of the most toxic substances known to man"

Definition 4: go sour or spoil - [verb of change]

Samples where ferment or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The milk has soured
  • The wine worked
  • The cream has turned--we have to throw it out

Synonyms for ferment in the sense of this definition

(ferment is a kind of ...) undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

"We turned from Socialism to Capitalism" "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"

(ferment has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Definition 5: cause to undergo fermentation - [verb of change]

Samples where ferment or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content
  • The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats

Synonyms for ferment in the sense of this definition

(ferment is a kind of ...) change the nature, purpose, or function of something

"convert lead into gold" "convert hotels into jails" "convert slaves to laborers"

(... is a kind of ferment ) convert a juice into wine by fermentation

"vinify grape juice"

(ferment has a similar meaning as ...) go sour or spoil

"The milk has soured" "The wine worked" "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"

Definition 6: work up into agitation or excitement - [verb of emotion]

Samples where ferment or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This religion is fermenting Africa

(ferment is a kind of ...) arouse or excite feelings and passions

"The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor" "The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world" "Wake old feelings of hatred"

Definition 7: be in an agitated or excited state - [verb of emotion]

Samples where ferment or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The Middle East is fermenting
  • Her mind ferments

(ferment is a kind of ...) be in an agitated emotional state

"The customer was seething with anger"

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