Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun ferment

3 senses of ferment

Sense 1
agitation, ferment, fermentation, tempestuousness, unrest -- (a state of agitation or turbulent change or development; "the political ferment produced new leadership"; "social unrest")
       => turbulence, upheaval, Sturm und Drang -- (a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally); "the industrial revolution was a period of great turbulence")

Sense 2
ferment -- (a substance capable of bringing about fermentation)
       => substance -- (a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties; "shigella is one of the most toxic substances known to man")

Sense 3
zymosis, zymolysis, fermentation, fermenting, ferment -- (a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol)
       => chemical process, chemical change, chemical action -- ((chemistry) any process determined by the atomic and molecular composition and structure of the substances involved)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb ferment

4 senses of ferment

Sense 1
ferment -- (be in an agitated or excited state; "The Middle East is fermenting"; "Her mind ferments")
       => seethe, boil -- (be in an agitated emotional state; "The customer was seething with anger")

Sense 2
ferment -- (work up into agitation or excitement; "Islam is fermenting Africa")
       => inflame, stir up, wake, ignite, heat, fire up -- (arouse or excite feelings and passions; "The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor"; "The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world"; "Wake old feelings of hatred")

Sense 3
ferment, work -- (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")
       => convert -- (change the nature, purpose, or function of something; "convert lead into gold"; "convert hotels into jails"; "convert slaves to laborers")

Sense 4
sour, turn, ferment, work -- (go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out")
       => change state, turn -- (undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election")

2019, Cloud WordNet Browser