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English definition of “smoulder”


verb [I] UK (US smolder)     /ˈsməʊldər/
FIRE to burn slowly , producing smoke but no flames : The fire was still smouldering the next morning . a smouldering bonfire Burning, burnt and on fire
EMOTION to have a strong feeling , especially anger , but not express it: I could see he was smouldering with anger .Angry and displeasedBad-tempered
(Definition of smoulder verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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