Meaning of ferment

Definition of ferment

(noun) a state of agitation or turbulent change or development; "the political ferment produced new leadership"; "social unrest"
a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol
(verb) be in an agitated or excited state; "The Middle East is fermenting"; "Her mind ferments"
work up into agitation or excitement; "This religion is fermenting Africa"
cause to undergo fermentation; "We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content"; "The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats"
go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"

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