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verb fuel pronunciation in British English /ˈfjuːəl/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyfuel
he/she/itfuels
present participlefuelling
past tensefuelled
past participlefuelled
  1. 1
    [transitive] mainly journalism to make something increase or become worse, especially something unpleasant

    Graf's back problem fuelled speculation that she might soon retire.

    People's fear of crime is fuelled by sensationalist reports.

  2. 2

    fuel

    or

    fuel up

    [intransitive/transitive] to put petrol into a vehicle or aircraft
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    1. a.
      [intransitive] if a vehicle fuels or fuels up, it is filled with petrol
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