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Verb
To grow worse and increasingly hostile
“Sinclair's likely departure will raise further questions about how last week's shake-up was handled and what long-term dissatisfaction may fester among others who lost out.”
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To become septic
“People generally try to avoid brown recluse spiders because their bites fester into painful sores.”
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To go through decomposition
“You and your friends may not mind empties on the counter, pizza boxes growing mould and dishes festering in the kitchen and bathroom sinks and of course the bathtub, but it may be hazardous to your health.”
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Show or feel barely suppressed anger, hatred, or another powerful emotion
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(of water or air) To cease to flow or move
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Break up into small parts as the result of impact or decay
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To become inactive or unchanging
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Cause persistent distress or anxiety
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To undergo or cause to undergo fermentation
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To cook in a liquid heated to the point that it gives off steam
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To make unfit for use by the addition of something harmful or undesirable
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To flow in a broken irregular stream
Noun
A small, inflamed swelling of the skin
“… pus oozed out of the fester.”
Noun
The process by which dead organic matter separates into simpler substances
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