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fuelnoun

uk   us   /fjʊəl/
B1 [C or U] a substance that is used to provide heat or power, usually by being burned: Wood, coal, oil, petrol and gas are all different kinds of fuel. Plutonium is a fuel used to produce nuclear energy. nuclear fuel unleaded fuel The new exhaust system, it is claimed, will lower fuel consumption. [U] anything that keeps people's ideas or feelings active, or makes them stronger: Reports in today's newspapers have added fuel to the controversy (= made it worse).
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fuelverb [T]

uk   us   /fjʊəl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)
to supply a system with a substance that can be burned to provide heat or power: Our heating is fuelled by gas. We have a gas-fuelled heating system. petrol/hydrogen-fuelled cars Something that fuels a feeling or a type of behaviour increases it or makes it stronger: The rapid promotion of the director's son has itself fuelled resentment within the company. The prime minister's speech fuelled speculation that she is about to resign.
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Translations of “fuel”
in Arabic وَقود…
in Korean 연료…
in Malaysian minyak…
in French combustible…
in Turkish sıvı yakıt, yakacak…
in Italian combustibile, carburante…
in Chinese (Traditional) 燃料, 燃燒劑, 刺激因素…
in Russian топливо, горючее…
in Polish paliwo…
in Vietnamese chất đốt, nhiên liệu…
in Spanish combustible…
in Portuguese combustível…
in Thai เชื้อเพลิง…
in German der Brennstoff…
in Catalan combustible…
in Japanese 燃料…
in Indonesian bahan bakar…
in Chinese (Simplified) 燃料, 燃烧剂, 刺激因素…
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