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English definition of “burst”

burst

verb uk   /bɜːst/ us    /bɝːst/ (burst, burst)
B2 [I or T] to break open or apart suddenly, or to make something do this: I hate it when balloons burst. Suddenly the door burst open (= opened suddenly and forcefully) and police officers rushed in. The river was threatening to burst its banks.figurative humorous If I eat any more cake I'll burst (= I cannot eat anything else)! C2 [I] to feel a strong emotion, or strong wish to do something: I knew they were bursting with curiosity but I said nothing. [+ to infinitive] informal I'm bursting to go to the loo! Tom was bursting to tell everyone the news. burst into flames C2 to suddenly burn strongly, producing a lot of flames: Smoke started pouring out from underneath, then the truck burst into flames.

burst

noun [C] uk   /bɜːst/ us    /bɝːst/

burst noun [C] (BREAK)

the act of breaking open so that what is inside comes out: a burst in the water pipe

burst noun [C] (INCREASE)

a sudden increase in something, especially for a short period: a burst of speed/applause/laughter
(Definition of burst from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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