Synonyms of fuel
1 petrolDictionary • They ran out of fuel.
petrol • Motorists will be rationed to thirty litres of petrol a month.
gas (US, Canadian, New Zealand) • a tank of gas
gasoline (US) • US gasoline prices have been pushed to their highest level.
source of energy
2 woodDictionary • I fetched more fuel for the fire.
wood • We gathered wood for the fire.
3 nourishmentDictionary • Babies and toddlers need fuel for growth.
nourishment • He was unable to take nourishment for several days.
food • Enjoy your food!
kai (New Zealand, informal) • I'm starving - let's have some kai.
sustenance • The state provided a basic quantity of food for daily sustenance.
4 incitementDictionary • His comments are bound to add fuel to the debate.
incitement • an incitement to religious hatred
encouragement • She had needed no encouragement to accept his invitation.
ammunition • The improved trade figures have given the government fresh ammunition.
provocation • The soldiers fired without provocation.
incentive • There is little incentive to adopt such measures.
fodder • fodder for horses
inflameDictionary • The economic boom was fuelled by easy credit.
inflame • They hold the rebels responsible for inflaming the villagers.
fire • They were fired with an enthusiasm for public speaking.
fan • economic problems which often fan hatred
encourage • Their task is to encourage private investment in Russia.
feed • Wealth is feeding our obsession with house prices.
boost • We need a big win to boost our confidence.
stimulate • I was stimulated to examine my deepest thoughts.
nourish • The food the mother eats nourishes both her and her baby.
incite • He incited his fellow citizens to take revenge.
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ammunitionYou can describe information that you can use against someone in an argument or discussion as ammunition.
• The improved trade figures have given the government fresh ammunition.
boostIf something boosts your confidence or morale, it improves it.
• We need a big win to boost our confidence.
encourageIf you encourage someone to do something, you try to persuade them to do it, for example by telling them that it would be a pleasant thing to do, or by trying to make it easier for them to do it. You can also encourage an activity.
• Their task is to encourage private investment in Russia.
Thesaurus for fuel from the Collins English Thesaurus