Definition of ferment :
1. A gentle internal motion of the constituent parts of a fluid; fermentation.
2. Intestine motion; heat; tumult; agitation.
3. That which causes fermentation, as yeast, barm, or fermenting beer.
4. To be agitated or excited by violent emotions.
5. To cause ferment of fermentation in; to set in motion; to excite internal emotion in; to heat.
6. To undergo fermentation; to be in motion, or to be excited into sensible internal motion, as the constituent oarticles of an animal or vegetable fluid; to work; to effervesce.
knead, operate, acetify, deform, change by reversal, cultivate, unrest, do work, bring, Sturm und Drang, influence, work out, call on, go, act upon, play, become, plow, fermentation, twist, rick, leavening, function, make for, turmoil, excitement, wrick, wreak, simmer, change state, change, zymosis, disturbance, yeast, sour, upheaval, form, peace, figure out, work on, put to work, bubble, fermenting, the, reverse, crop, leaven, make, act, wrench, move around, mould, process, grow, puzzle out, lick, run, catalyst, plough, burn, acidify, mold, exploit, work, boil, sprain, smolder, tempestuousness, solve, acidulate, agitation, zymolysis, forge, turn, hullabaloo, exercise, calm, turn over, shape, flex, release, bend
derange (part of speech: verb)
disorganize, convulse, discompose, disarrange, tamper, muddle, scatter, derange, jumble, displace, meddle, swirl, whisk, toss, ruffle, dislocate, mislay, confuse, trouble, roil, disturb, roughen, churn, rummage, mix-up, mess, dishevel, botch, capsize, misplace, confound, agitate, tumble, clutter, upset, scramble, rumple, ripple, hash, perturb, whip, disorder, tousle, blur, muss
motivate (part of speech: verb)
induce, force, lob, heave, jog, nudge, propel, energize, fling, ram, punch, hurl, drive, poke, prod, thrust, bump, magnetize, motivate, jostle, impel, jolt, goad, instigate, hurtle, foment, pitch, provoke, shoot, strike, move, urge, launch, throw, sling, shove, encourage, prompt, stimulate, push, catapult, fire, inspire, knock, entice, trigger, jerk, hasten
- Against such utterances as the above, the conventional exhortations to Christian humility, non- resistance, and obedience to those in authority, would naturally not weigh in a time of popular ferment. - "German Culture Past and Present", Ernest Belfort Bax.
- I will not say I was moved to sympathy for her, but doubtless that strange ferment of equality stirred me toward her with something less than the indignation I had formerly felt. - "Ruggles of Red Gap", Harry Leon Wilson.
- His dream had only given shape to the ferment in his brain, a ferment never ceasing while his body slept. - "A Victor of Salamis", William Stearns Davis.