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English definition of “burst”

burst

verb     /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 )!Exploding and erupting 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 .Strong feelings 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 .Burning, burnt and on fire
(Definition of burst verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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