Fester meaning

fĕstər
To undergo decay; rot.
verb
3
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To fester is defined as to become worse, to become infected or to rot.

When food is left out in the sun for days to rot, this is an example of a time when the food festers.

When you have a problem with a friend and never talk it out but just get madder and madder, this is an example of a time when the problem festers.

verb
2
1
To form an ulcer.
verb
2
1
To infect, inflame, or corrupt.
verb
1
0
To decay.
verb
1
0
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A small sore filled with pus; pustule.
noun
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1
To form pus; ulcerate.
verb
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1
To cause to rankle; embitter.
verb
1
1
To generate pus; suppurate.
verb
1
2
A small festering sore or ulcer; a pustule.
noun
0
1
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To generate pus; suppurate.
verb
0
1
To form an ulcer.
verb
0
1
To undergo decay; rot.
verb
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1
A small festering sore or ulcer; a pustule.
noun
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1
To become septic; to become rotten.
verb
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1
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To worsen, especially due to lack of attention.

Deal with the problem immediately; do not let it fester.

verb
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To cause to fester or rankle.
verb
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To cause the formation of pus in.
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Origin of fester

  • Middle English festren from festre fistula from Old French from Latin fistula

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French festre, from Latin fistula

    From Wiktionary