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ferment

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The person who does not know how to live while they are making a living is a poorer person after their wealth is won than when they started.
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English

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] fermentare (to leaven, ferment) < fermentum (substance causing fermentation) < fervere (to boil, seethe). Confer French ferment, see also fervent.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to ferment

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to ferment (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To react, using fermentation; especially to produce alcohol by allowing yeast to act on sugars; to brew.
  2. To stir up, agitate, cause unrest.

Translations

Noun

Singular
ferment

Plural
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ferment ({{{1}}})
  1. Something, such as a yeast that causes fermentation.
  2. A state of agitation or of turbulent change.
  3. A catalyst.

Quotations

state of agitation
  • 1919, Ronald Firbank, Valmouth, Duckworth, hardback edition, page 104
    Clad in a Persian-Renaissance gown and a widow's tiara of white batiste, Mrs Thoroughfare, in all the ferment of a Marriage-Christening, left her chamber on vapoury autumn day and descending a few stairs, and climbing a few others, knocked a trifle brusquely at her son's wife's door.

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French

Verb

ferment

  1. Third-person plural present indicative of fermer.
  2. Third-person plural present subjunctive of fermer.

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