Synonyms of fire in English:

fire


See definition of fire

noun

1‘a fire broke out in the kitchen’

SYNONYMS

blaze, conflagration, inferno, holocaust, firestorm

flames, burning, combustion

2‘he turned on the electric fire’

SYNONYMS

heater, radiator, convector

3‘he lacked fire and animation’

SYNONYMS

dynamism, energy, vigour, animation, vitality, vibrancy, exuberance, ebullience, zest, elan

passion, ardour, impetuosity, intensity, zeal, spirit, life, liveliness, verve, vivacity, vivaciousness

sparkle, scintillation, dash

enthusiasm, eagerness, gusto

fervour, fervency, force, potency, vehemence

inspiration, imagination, creativity, inventiveness, flair

informal pep, vim, zing, go, get-up-and-go, oomph, pizzazz

4‘rapid machine-gun fire’

SYNONYMS

gunfire, firing, sniping, flak, bombardment

fusillade, volley, barrage, salvo, cannonade

5‘journalists would be better off directing their fire at the prime minister’

SYNONYMS

criticism, censure, condemnation, castigation, denunciation, opprobrium, admonishments, vituperation, scolding, chiding

disapproval, hostility, antagonism, animosity, ill will, enmity

informal flak, brickbats, knocks, raps


verb

1‘howitzers that fired shells in a high arc’

SYNONYMS

launch, shoot, discharge, eject, hurl, throw, send flying, let fly with, loose off, shy, send

North American informal pop

2‘someone fired a gun at me’

SYNONYMS

shoot, discharge, let off, trigger, set off, blast

let fly with

3‘he was fired for serious misconduct’

SYNONYMS

dismiss, discharge, give someone their notice, make redundant, lay off, let go, throw out, get rid of, oust, depose

cashier

sack, give the sack to, axe, kick out, boot out, give someone the boot, give someone the bullet, give someone the heave-ho, give someone the old heave-ho, give someone the elbow, give someone the push, give someone their marching orders, show someone the door

British give someone their cards

4‘the engine fired and she put her foot down’

SYNONYMS

ignite, start, catch, get started, get going

5‘I fired the straw’

SYNONYMS

light, ignite, kindle, set fire to, set on fire, set alight, set ablaze, put a match to, touch off, spark off, incinerate

informal torch

literary enkindle, inflame

ANTONYMS

put out

6‘she fired my imagination with her tales of warfare and terror’

SYNONYMS

stimulate, stir up, excite, enliven, awaken, arouse, rouse, call forth, draw forth, bring out, engender, evoke, inflame, breathe life into, put life into, animate

inspire, motivate, quicken, incite, drive, impel, spur on, galvanize, electrify, trigger, impassion

ANTONYMS

deaden


Phrases

    catch fire

      ‘the driver got out before the car caught fire’

      SYNONYMS

      ignite, catch light, burst into flames, go up in flames, begin to burn

    on fire

      1‘the restaurant was on fire’

      SYNONYMS

      burning, ablaze, blazing, aflame, in flames, flaming, raging, fiery

      alight, lit, lighted, ignited

      literary

      afire

      2‘she was on fire with passion’

      SYNONYMS

      ardent, passionate, fervent, intense, excited, aflutter

      eager, enthusiastic

    fire up

      1‘the entrepreneurial spirit that fired him up seventeen years ago’

      SYNONYMS

      activate, motivate, stimulate, actuate, move, drive, rouse, stir, stir up, arouse, energize, animate, fire

      prompt, incite, spark off, influence, impel, spur on, urge, goad

      fire

      2‘derby games invariably fire up the supporters’

      SYNONYMS

      stir up, arouse, rouse, excite, galvanize, electrify, stimulate, inspire, move, fire the enthusiasm of, fire the imagination of, get going, whip up, inflame, agitate, goad, provoke, spur on, urge, encourage, animate, incite, egg on

      North American

      light a fire under

      rare

      inspirit

      fire