Synonyms of fire in English:


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See Spanish definition of fuego


1‘a fire broke out in the kitchen’

blaze, conflagration, inferno, holocaust, firestorm
flames, burning, combustion

2‘he turned on the electric fire’

heater, radiator, convector

3‘he lacked fire and animation’

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’

gunfire, firing, sniping, flak, bombardment
fusillade, volley, barrage, salvo, cannonade

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

criticism, censure, condemnation, castigation, denunciation, opprobrium, admonishments, vituperation, scolding, chiding
disapproval, hostility, antagonism, animosity, ill will, enmity
informal flak, brickbats, knocks, raps


1‘howitzers that fired shells in a high arc’

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’

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

3‘he was fired for serious misconduct’

dismiss, discharge, give someone their notice, lay off, let go, throw out, get rid of, oust, depose
British make redundant
informal 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 push, give someone their marching orders, show someone the door
British informal give someone their cards, give someone the elbow

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

ignite, start, catch, get started, get going

5‘I fired the straw’

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

put out

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

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



    catch fire

    ‘the driver got out before the car caught fire’

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

    1‘the restaurant was on fire’

    burning, ablaze, blazing, aflame, in flames, flaming, raging, fiery
    alight, lit, lighted, ignited
    literary afire

    2‘she was on fire with passion’

    ardent, passionate, fervent, intense, excited, aflutter
    eager, enthusiastic
    fire up

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

    activate, motivate, stimulate, actuate, move, drive, rouse, stir, stir up, arouse, energize, animate, fire
    prompt, incite, spark off, influence, impel, spur on, urge, goad

    2‘derby games invariably fire up the supporters’

    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