[n] the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy; "hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes"; "they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire"
[n] a fireplace in which a fire is burning; "they sat by the fire and talked"
[n] intense adverse criticism; "Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party"; "the government has come under attack"; "don't give me any flak"
[n] the event of something burning (often destructive); "they lost everything in the fire"
[n] a severe trial; "he went through fire and damnation"
[n] feelings of great warmth and intensity; "he spoke with great ardor"
[n] the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke; "fire was one of our ancestors' first discoveries"
[n] (archaic) once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
[v] Bake in a kiln; "fire pottery"
[v] destroy by fire; "They burned the house and his diaries"
[v] cause to go off; "fire a gun"; "fire a bullet"
[v] go off or discharge; "The gun fired"
[v] start firing a weapon
[v] call forth; of emotions, feelings, and responses; "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"
[v] terminate the employment of; "The boss fired his secretary today"; "The company terminated 25% of its workers"
[v] drive out or away by or as if by fire; "The soldiers were fired"; "Surrender fires the cold skepticism"
[v] provide with fuel; "Oil fires the furnace"
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employ, engage, hire
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