Ferment - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |fərˈment|  American pronunciation of the word ferment
Brit.  |fəˈment|  British pronunciation of the word ferment
- a state of agitation or turbulent change or development (syn: agitation, fermentation, unrest)
- a substance capable of bringing about fermentation
- a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol (syn: fermentation, fermenting, zymosis)
- be in an agitated or excited state
- work up into agitation or excitement
- cause to undergo fermentation (syn: work)
- go sour or spoil (syn: sour, turn, work)


The wine ferments in oak barrels.

Yeast ferments the sugar in the juice.

The city was in a state of ferment after the election.

...the city was in ferment as its residents nervously awaited the airborne invasion that was sure to come...

The country was in ferment.

He fermented the passions of the vicious.

In the 1960s, American society was in ferment.

the artistic ferment of the late sixth century

the political ferment produced new leadership

The Middle East is fermenting

Her mind ferments

This religion is fermenting Africa

We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content

Word forms

I/you/we/they: ferment
he/she/it: ferments
present participle: fermenting
past tense: fermented
past participle: fermented
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