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To grow worse and increasingly hostile
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“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.”
To become septic
“People generally try to avoid brown recluse spiders because their bites fester into painful sores.”
To decompose or break down, especially biologically
“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.”
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
To undergo or cause to undergo fermentation
To tarnish with something undesirable
An inflamed spot on the surface of the skin
A festering
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