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Meaning & Definition of Ferment in English

English

Ferment

/fərmɛnt/

noun

1. A state of agitation or turbulent change or development

  • "The political ferment produced new leadership"
  • "Social unrest"
    synonym:
  • agitation
  • ,
  • ferment
  • ,
  • fermentation
  • ,
  • tempestuousness
  • ,
  • unrest

2. A substance capable of bringing about fermentation

    synonym:
  • ferment

3. 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:
  • zymosis
  • ,
  • zymolysis
  • ,
  • fermentation
  • ,
  • fermenting
  • ,
  • ferment

verb

1. Be in an agitated or excited state

  • "The middle east is fermenting"
  • "Her mind ferments"
    synonym:
  • ferment

2. Work up into agitation or excitement

  • "Islam is fermenting africa"
    synonym:
  • ferment

3. 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:
  • ferment
  • ,
  • work

4. Go sour or spoil

  • "The milk has soured"
  • "The wine worked"
  • "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"
    synonym:
  • sour
  • ,
  • turn
  • ,
  • ferment
  • ,
  • work

Examples of using

Yeast makes beer ferment.