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Meaning & Definition of Burn in English

English

Burn

/bərn/

noun

1. Pain that feels hot as if it were on fire

    synonym:
  • burn
  • ,
  • burning

2. A browning of the skin resulting from exposure to the rays of the sun

    synonym:
  • tan
  • ,
  • suntan
  • ,
  • sunburn
  • ,
  • burn

3. An injury caused by exposure to heat or chemicals or radiation

    synonym:
  • burn

4. A place or area that has been burned (especially on a person's body)

    synonym:
  • burn
  • ,
  • burn mark

5. Damage inflicted by fire

    synonym:
  • burn

verb

1. Destroy by fire

  • "They burned the house and his diaries"
    synonym:
  • burn
  • ,
  • fire
  • ,
  • burn down

2. Shine intensely, as if with heat

  • "The coals were glowing in the dark"
  • "The candles were burning"
    synonym:
  • burn
  • ,
  • glow

3. Undergo combustion

  • "Maple wood burns well"
    synonym:
  • burn
  • ,
  • combust

4. Cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort

  • "The sun burned his face"
    synonym:
  • bite
  • ,
  • sting
  • ,
  • burn

5. Cause to burn or combust

  • "The sun burned off the fog"
  • "We combust coal and other fossil fuels"
    synonym:
  • burn
  • ,
  • combust

6. Feel strong emotion, especially anger or passion

  • "She was burning with anger"
  • "He was burning to try out his new skies"
    synonym:
  • burn

7. Cause to undergo combustion

  • "Burn garbage"
  • "The car burns only diesel oil"
    synonym:
  • burn
  • ,
  • incinerate

8. Burn at the stake

  • "Witches were burned in salem"
    synonym:
  • burn

9. Spend (significant amounts of money)

  • "He has money to burn"
    synonym:
  • burn

10. Feel hot or painful

  • "My eyes are burning"
    synonym:
  • burn

11. Burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent

  • "The surgeon cauterized the wart"
    synonym:
  • cauterize
  • ,
  • cauterise
  • ,
  • burn

12. Get a sunburn by overexposure to the sun

    synonym:
  • sunburn
  • ,
  • burn

13. Create by duplicating data

  • "Cut a disk"
  • "Burn a cd"
    synonym:
  • cut
  • ,
  • burn

14. Use up (energy)

  • "Burn off calories through vigorous exercise"
    synonym:
  • burn off
  • ,
  • burn
  • ,
  • burn up

15. Burn with heat, fire, or radiation

  • "The iron burnt a hole in my dress"
    synonym:
  • burn

Examples of using

Rake the leaves into piles and we'll burn them.
Why did Gogol burn the second part of "Dead Souls"?
The pastor said Tom's going to burn in hell.