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smoulder

verb [I] uk UK ( US smolder)   /ˈsməʊl.dər/ us    /ˈsmoʊl.dɚ/

smoulder verb [I] (BURN)

to burn slowly with smoke but without flames: a smouldering fire smouldering embers The fire was started by a smouldering cigarette.

smoulder verb [I] (PROBLEM)

If a problem or unpleasant situation smoulders, it continues to exist and may become worse at any time: The dispute is still smouldering, five years after the negotiations began.

smoulder verb [I] (EMOTION)

If a strong emotion smoulders, it exists, but is prevented from being expressed: She was smouldering with rage as she explained how her son had been killed.

smoulder verb [I] (ROMANTIC FEELINGS)

A person who smoulders has strong sexual or romantic feelings but does not express them: He gazed at her with smouldering eyes, wishing she wasn't married.
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