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fuelnoun

uk   /ˈfjuː.əl/ us   /ˈfjuː.əl/
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   /ˈfjuː.əl/ us   /ˈfjuː.əl/ -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 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 provide heat or power, usually by being burned

fuelverb [T]

us   /ˈfju·əl, fjul/
to provide power to something: The heating system is fueled by natural gas.
(Definition of fuel from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"fuel" in Business English

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fuelnoun

uk   /ˈfjuːəl/ us  
[C or U] NATURAL RESOURCES a substance which is used to provide heat or power, usually by being burned: oil, gas and other kinds of fuel nuclear fuel fossil fuelsfuel costs/prices Domestic fuel costs have risen sharply over the past few months. 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: The news reports were designed to add fuel to the debate over interest rates.

fuelverb [T]

uk   /ˈfjuːəl/ us   -ll-, US usually -l-
to supply a system with a substance that can be burned to provide heat 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 press release fuelled speculation that interest rates 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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