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afire

[uh-fahyuh r] /əˈfaɪər/
adjective
1.
on fire:
to set a house afire.
2.
aflame (def 2).
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English; see a-1, fire
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British Dictionary definitions for afire

afire

/əˈfaɪə/
adverb, adjective (postpositive)
1.
on fire; ablaze
2.
intensely interested or passionate: he was afire with enthusiasm for the new plan
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Word Origin and History for afire
adj.

c.1200, afure, from a- "on" (see a- (1)) + fire (n.). Figurative use by late 14c.

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