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"fuel" in British English

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fuelnoun

uk   us   /fjʊəl/
B1 [C or U] a ​substance that is used to ​provideheat or ​power, usually by being ​burned: Wood, ​coal, ​oil, ​petrol, and ​gas are all different ​kinds of fuel. Plutonium is a fuel used to ​producenuclearenergy. nuclear fuel unleaded fuel The new ​exhaustsystem, it is ​claimed, will ​lower fuel consumption. [U] anything that ​keeps people's ​ideas or ​feelingsactive, 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 ​provideheat or ​power: Our ​heating is fuelled bygas. We have a gas-fuelled ​heatingsystem. petrol/hydrogen-fuelled ​cars Something that fuels a ​feeling or a ​type of ​behaviourincreases it or makes it ​stronger: The ​rapidpromotion of the director's ​son has itself fuelled ​resentment within the ​company. The president's ​speech fuelled speculation that she is about to ​resign.

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(Definition of fuel from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fuel" in American English

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fuelnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈfju·əl, fjul/
a ​substance such as ​oil or ​gas that is used to ​provideheat or ​power, usually by being ​burned

fuelverb [T]

 us   /ˈfju·əl, fjul/
to ​providepower to something: The ​heatingsystem is fueled by ​naturalgas.
(Definition of fuel from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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fuelnoun

uk   us   /ˈfjuːəl/
[C or U] NATURAL RESOURCES a substance which is used to ​provideheat or ​power, usually by being ​burned: oil, ​gas and other kinds of fuel nuclear fuel fossil fuelsfuel costs/prices Domestic fuel ​costs have ​risensharply over the past few months. The new ​exhaustsystem, it is ​claimed, will ​lower fuel ​consumption.
[U] anything that ​keeps people's ​ideas or ​feelingsactive, or makes them ​stronger: The ​newsreports were ​designed to add fuel to the debate over ​interestrates.

fuelverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈfjuːəl/ (-ll-, US usually -l-)
to ​supply a ​system with a substance that can be ​burned to ​provideheat or ​power: fuelled by sth Our heating ​system is fuelled by ​gas. The ​company is ​working on the ​development of methane-fuelled ​vehicles.
to ​increase a ​feeling or a ​type of ​behaviour or make it ​stronger: The rapid ​promotion of the director's son has itself fuelled resentment within the ​company. The ​pressrelease fuelled ​speculation that ​interestrates were about to ​rise.
(Definition of fuel from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “fuel”
in Korean 연료…
in Arabic وَقود…
in Malaysian minyak…
in French combustible…
in Russian топливо, горючее…
in Chinese (Traditional) 燃料, 燃燒劑, 刺激因素…
in Italian combustibile, carburante…
in Turkish sıvı yakıt, yakacak…
in Polish paliwo…
in Spanish combustible…
in Vietnamese chất đốt, nhiên liệu…
in Portuguese combustível…
in Thai เชื้อเพลิง…
in German der Brennstoff…
in Catalan combustible…
in Japanese 燃料…
in Chinese (Simplified) 燃料, 燃烧剂, 刺激因素…
in Indonesian bahan bakar…
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