fester Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"fester" in British English

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festerverb [I]

uk   /ˈfes.tər/  us   /-tɚ/

fester verb [I] (INJURY)

If a ​cut or other ​injury festers, it ​becomesinfected and ​produces pus: a festering ​sore

fester verb [I] (FEELING)

If an ​argument or ​badfeeling festers, it ​continues so that ​feelings of ​hate or ​lack of ​satisfactionincrease: It's ​better to ​expressyouranger than ​let it fester inside you. a festering ​argument/​dispute
(Definition of fester from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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festerverb [I]

 us   /ˈfes·tər/
(of an ​injury such as a ​cut) to ​becomeinfected and ​form pus (= ​thickyellowliquid) fig. If a ​badsituation such as an ​argument festers, it ​becomesworse because it is being ​ignored: It was ​better that she ​expressed her ​angerrather than ​let it fester inside her.
(Definition of fester from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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