AskDefine | Define rile

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1 cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves" [syn: annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil]
2 make turbid by stirring up the sediments of [syn: roil]

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  1. to make angry
  2. to stir or move from a state of calm or order
    Money problems rile the underpaid worker every day.
    Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really rile me.
    It riles me that she never closes the door after she leaves.


to anger, annoy
to incite

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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