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torch

noun [C]  /tɔrtʃ/ us  
a stick that burns at one end and is held at the other end and is used esp. as a light: Which athlete will carry the Olympic torch into the stadium? fig. The torch is the basic responsibilities and characteristics of a group, organization, or society, esp. when someone new takes control: After he retired, the torch passed to his daughter, who now runs the organization. A torch is also a blowtorch .

torch

verb [T]  /tɔrtʃ/ infml us  
to burn something intentionally and usually illegally: They torched the warehouse and ran.
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