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Meaning & Definition of Sear in English

English

Sear

/sɪr/

verb

1. Make very hot and dry

  • "The heat scorched the countryside"
    synonym:
  • sear
  • ,
  • scorch

2. Become superficially burned

  • "My eyebrows singed when i bent over the flames"
    synonym:
  • scorch
  • ,
  • sear
  • ,
  • singe

3. Burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color

  • "The cook blackened the chicken breast"
  • "The fire charred the ceiling above the mantelpiece"
  • "The flames scorched the ceiling"
    synonym:
  • char
  • ,
  • blacken
  • ,
  • sear
  • ,
  • scorch

4. Cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat

  • "The sun parched the earth"
    synonym:
  • parch
  • ,
  • sear

adjective

1. (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture

  • "Dried-up grass"
  • "The desert was edged with sere vegetation"
  • "Shriveled leaves on the unwatered seedlings"
  • "Withered vines"
    synonym:
  • dried-up
  • ,
  • sere
  • ,
  • sear
  • ,
  • shriveled
  • ,
  • shrivelled
  • ,
  • withered