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fes·ter

(fĕs′tər)
v. fes·tered, fes·ter·ing, fes·ters
v. intr.
1. To generate pus; suppurate.
2. To form an ulcer.
3. To undergo decay; rot.
4.
a. To be or become an increasing source of irritation or poisoning; rankle: bitterness that festered and grew.
b. To be subject to or exist in a condition of decline: allowed the once beautiful park to fester.
v. tr.
To infect, inflame, or corrupt.
n.
A small festering sore or ulcer; a pustule.

[Middle English festren, from festre, fistula, from Old French, from Latin fistula; see fistula.]
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fester

(ˈfɛstə)
vb
1. (Medicine) to form or cause to form pus
2. (intr) to become rotten; decay
3. to become or cause to become bitter, irritated, etc, esp over a long period of time; rankle: resentment festered his imagination.
4. (intr) informal to be idle or inactive
n
(Medicine) a small ulcer or sore containing pus
[C13: from Old French festre suppurating sore, from Latin: fistula]
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fes•ter

(ˈfɛs tər)

v.i.
1. to form pus; generate purulent matter; suppurate: a festering wound.
2. to cause ulceration, as a foreign body in the flesh.
3. to putrefy or rot.
4. to rankle, as resentment or bitterness: The desire for revenge festered in her heart.
v.t.
5. to cause to rankle: envy festering the spirit.
n.
6. an ulcer; a rankling sore.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French festre < Latin fistula fistula]
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fester


Past participle: festered
Gerund: festering

Imperative
fester
fester
Present
I fester
you fester
he/she/it festers
we fester
you fester
they fester
Preterite
I festered
you festered
he/she/it festered
we festered
you festered
they festered
Present Continuous
I am festering
you are festering
he/she/it is festering
we are festering
you are festering
they are festering
Present Perfect
I have festered
you have festered
he/she/it has festered
we have festered
you have festered
they have festered
Past Continuous
I was festering
you were festering
he/she/it was festering
we were festering
you were festering
they were festering
Past Perfect
I had festered
you had festered
he/she/it had festered
we had festered
you had festered
they had festered
Future
I will fester
you will fester
he/she/it will fester
we will fester
you will fester
they will fester
Future Perfect
I will have festered
you will have festered
he/she/it will have festered
we will have festered
you will have festered
they will have festered
Future Continuous
I will be festering
you will be festering
he/she/it will be festering
we will be festering
you will be festering
they will be festering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been festering
you have been festering
he/she/it has been festering
we have been festering
you have been festering
they have been festering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been festering
you will have been festering
he/she/it will have been festering
we will have been festering
you will have been festering
they will have been festering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been festering
you had been festering
he/she/it had been festering
we had been festering
you had been festering
they had been festering
Conditional
I would fester
you would fester
he/she/it would fester
we would fester
you would fester
they would fester
Past Conditional
I would have festered
you would have festered
he/she/it would have festered
we would have festered
you would have festered
they would have festered
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fester - a sore that has become inflamed and formed pus
sore - an open skin infection
Verb1.fester - ripen and generate pus; "her wounds are festering"
suppurate, mature - cause to ripen and discharge pus; "The oil suppurates the pustules"
eject, expel, release, exhaust, discharge - eliminate (a substance); "combustion products are exhausted in the engine"; "the plant releases a gas"
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fester

verb
1. intensify, gall, smoulder, chafe, irk, rankle, aggravate Resentments are starting to fester.
2. putrefy, decay, become infected, become inflamed, suppurate, ulcerate, maturate, gather The wound is festering and gangrene has set in.
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Translations
يتَقَيَّح،يتَعَفَّن
hnisat
blive betændtblive inficeret
gennyed
grafa í
pūliuoti
pūžņotstrutot
hnisať
iltihaplanmak

fester

[ˈfestəʳ] VI (Med) [wound, sore] → enconarse (fig) [anger, resentment] → enconarse
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fester

[ˈfɛstər] vi
[wound] → suppurer
[ill-feeling, hostility] → couver
[problem] → s'étendre
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fester

vieitern, schwären (old); (fig, insult, resentment etc) → nagen, fressen; festering sore (fig)Eiterbeule f
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fester

[ˈfɛstəʳ] vi (Med) → suppurare; (anger, resentment) → covare
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

fester

(ˈfestə) verb
(of an open injury eg a cut or sore) to become infected. The wound began to fester.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

fes·ter

v. enconarse; supurar superficialmente.
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When they reached Yaroslavl the wound had begun to fester (Natasha knew all about such things as festering) and the doctor had said that the festering might take a normal course.
Malaria still festered in me and put me on my back in shivering delirium at the most unexpected moments, compelling me to cancel a double lecture tour which had been arranged.
The hot summer was on-- Jacobus Laningdale had selected the time shrewdly--and the plague festered everywhere.