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fermentverb [I or T]

uk   /fəˈment/ us   /fɚˈment/
If food or drink ferments or if you ferment it, the sugar in it changes into alcohol because of a chemical process: You make wine by leaving grape juice to ferment until all the sugar has turned to alcohol.
fermentation
noun [U] uk   /ˌfɜː.menˈteɪ.ʃən/ us   /ˌfɝː.menˈteɪ.ʃən/

fermentnoun [U]

uk   /ˈfɜː.ment/ us   /ˈfɝː.ment/ literary
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fermentverb [I/T]

us   /fərˈment/
biology, chemistry to change chemically through the action of living substances, such as yeast or bacteria, or to use a substance to produce a chemical change

fermentnoun [U]

us   /ˈfɜr·ment/
a state of confusion or excited expectation, esp. because of suddenly changing conditions: He was a central figure in the intellectual ferment of his time.
(Definition of ferment from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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