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burn

verb  us   /bɜrn/ (past tense and past participle burned  /bɜrnd, bɜrnt/ or burnt  /bɜrnt/ )

burn verb (BE IN FLAMES)

[I/T] to produce flames and heat: [I] A fire still burned in the fireplace. [I/T] If something burns a fuel, it uses that fuel to produce energy: [I] Some new fuels burn more efficiently than gasoline. [M] Running is a good way to burn off calories.

burn verb (HURT BY FIRE)

[T] to hurt, damage, or destroy something by fire or extreme heat: She burned her hand on the hot iron. People still burn trash although it’s illegal. The toast was burned to a crisp (= burned until it was black). [T] infml If you are burned by an activity, you are hurt emotionally or financially because of it: He got burned in an investment and lost a lot of money.

burn

noun [C]  /bɜrn/
a placed where fire or heat has hurt or damaged something: One worker had severe burns on his face and hands.
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