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English definition of “fire”


noun [C/U] (FLAMES)   /fɑɪər/
the state of burning , or a burning mass of material : [U] The factory had to be closed because the risk of fire was too great . [C] There have been a lot of forest fires because of the drought . [C] The library was badly damaged in the fire. [U] The theater was destroyed by fire. [C] Over a hundred volunteers were needed to put out the fire (= stop it). A fire is also a small controlled mass of burning material that is used for heating or cooking : [C] Light a fire in the fireplace . on fire If something is on fire, it is burning , esp . when it is not meant to be: By the time the firefighters arrived , the whole house was on fire.
(Definition of fire noun (FLAMES) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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