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English definition of “burning”

burning

adjective (STRONG)    /ˈbɜː.nɪŋ/ US  /ˈbɝː-/
C1 A burning desire , need, etc., is one that is very strong : a burning ambition He spoke of his burning desire to play for England .Strong feelings burning issue/question C1 a subject or question that must be dealt with or answered quickly Very important or urgent
(Definition of burning adjective (STRONG) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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