• To cause an increase in temperature of (an object or space); to cause to become hot .
  • To become hotter.
  • To excite or make hot by action or emotion; to make feverish.
  • To excite ardour in; to rouse to action; to excite to excess; to inflame, as the passions.
  • To arouse, to excite (sexually).


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  • From Middle English hete, from Old English hǣtu, from Proto-Germanic *haitį̄ ("heat"), from Proto-Indo-European *kayd-, a derived form of *kay-.
  • Cognate with Scots hete ("heat"), North Frisian hiet ("heat"), Old High German heizī ("heat"). Related also to Dutch hitte ("heat"), German Hitze ("heat"), Swedish hetta ("heat"), Icelandic hiti ("heat").
  • From Middle English heten, from Old English hǣtan ("to heat; become hot"), from Proto-Germanic *haitijaną ("to heat, make hot").

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