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[n. fur-ment; v. fer-ment] /n. ˈfɜr mɛnt; v. fərˈmɛnt/
Also called organized ferment. any of a group of living organisms, as yeasts, molds, and certain bacteria, that cause fermentation.
Also called unorganized ferment. an enzyme.
agitation; unrest; excitement; commotion; tumult:
The new painters worked in a creative ferment. The capital lived in a political ferment.
verb (used with object)
to act upon as a ferment.
to cause to undergo fermentation.
to inflame; foment:
to ferment prejudiced crowds to riot.
to cause agitation or excitement in:
Reading fermented his active imagination.
verb (used without object)
to be fermented; undergo fermentation.
to seethe with agitation or excitement.
Origin of ferment
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin fermentum yeast (noun), fermentāre to cause to rise (v.); akin to barm, Latin fervēre to boil
Related forms
fermentable, adjective
fermentability, noun
nonfermentability, noun
nonfermentable, adjective
nonfermented, adjective
nonfermenting, adjective
unfermentable, adjective
unfermented, adjective
unfermenting, adjective
well-fermented, adjective
Can be confused
ferment, foment. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fermented
  • Racism, intolerance and bigotry are fermented in the petri-dish of anything goes.
  • fermented spirits please our common people, because they banish care, and all consideration of future or present evils.
  • They drink tea at meals, and use a strong liquor extracted from rice fermented.
  • Pouring the fermented beer into bottles, capping them off, and letting the beer mature and gain a little more clarity.
  • Today's buttermilk is really fermented milk, different from the byproduct of butter-churning from olden days.
  • Beer, as a fermented grain-based beverage, has always displayed some degree of residual sweetness.
  • Gasoline-compatible alcohol fermented from corn, sugar, and cellulose.
  • It was miso, the fermented soy protein used in soup.
  • Who even takes this tiny place seriously, with their knockoff electronics and fermented tofu.
  • When fermented fruit from the coffee cherries is left mixed into the husks, the taste changes considerably.
British Dictionary definitions for fermented


noun (ˈfɜːmɛnt)
any agent or substance, such as a bacterium, mould, yeast, or enzyme, that causes fermentation
another word for fermentation
commotion; unrest
verb (fəˈmɛnt)
to undergo or cause to undergo fermentation
to stir up or seethe with excitement
Derived Forms
fermentable, adjective
fermentability, noun
fermenter, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin fermentum yeast, from fervēre to seethe
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Word Origin and History for fermented



late 14c., from Old French fermenter (13c.) and directly from Latin fermentare "to leaven, ferment," from fermentum "substance causing fermentation, leaven," from root of fervere "to boil, seethe" (see brew). Figurative use from 1650s. Related: Fermented; fermenting.


early 15c., from Middle French ferment, from Latin fermentum (see ferment (v.)). Figurative sense of "anger, passion" is from 1670s.

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fermented in Medicine

ferment fer·ment (fûr'měnt')

  1. An agent, as a yeast, a bacterium, a mold, or an enzyme, that causes fermentation.

  2. Fermentation.

v. fer·ment·ed, fer·ment·ing, fer·ments (fər-měnt')
To cause or undergo fermentation.
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