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fire

noun uk   /faɪər/ us    /faɪr/

fire noun (FLAMES)

A2 [C or U] (material that is in) the state of burning that produces flames that send out heat and light, and might produce smoke: Animals are usually afraid of fire. The fire was started by children playing with matches. 40 people helped to put out (= stop) the fire. The library was badly damaged in the fire. How many historic buildings are damaged by fire each year? She had to be rescued when her house caught ( US caught on) fire (= started to burn).B1 [C] a small controlled fire that is used for heating or cooking: It's very cold in here - should I light a fire? We built a fire on the beach. We put up our tents and made a small fire.on fire B1 If something is on fire, it is burning when it should not be: If your home was on fire and you could save only one thing, what would it be? [C] UK a gas or electric heater that is used to warm up a room: a gas/electric fire If you're cold just put the fire on.
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fire noun (SHOOT)

C2 [U] the shooting of guns or other weapons: The police opened fire on (= started shooting at) the protesters. The command was given to cease fire (= stop shooting). The city came under fire from anti-government forces last night.

fire noun (EMOTION)

[U] strong emotion: The fire in her speech inspired everyone.
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fire

verb uk   /faɪər/ us    /faɪr/

fire verb (SHOOT)

B2 [I or T] to cause a weapon to shoot bullets, arrows, or missiles: He fired his gun into the air. Someone started firing at us. Without warning he started firing into the crowd. I just prayed that he would stop firing. The ambassador denied that any missiles had been fired across the border. [T or I] to direct a series of questions or criticisms at someone: The journalists were firing questions at me for two whole hours. "I'd like to ask you some questions about your childhood." "Fire away!" (= You can start asking them now.)
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fire verb (REMOVE FROM A JOB)

B2 [T] to remove someone from their job, either because they have done something wrong or badly, or as a way of saving the cost of employing them: She was fired after she was caught stealing from her employer. He was fired from his $165,000 job for poor performance. She has just been fired as editor of the newspaper. The company is reducing its workforce by firing 500 employees.
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fire verb (EXCITE)

C2 [T] to cause a strong emotion in someone: I had a brilliant English teacher who fired me with enthusiasm for literature at an early age. Talk of treasure and lost cities had fired their imaginations.

fire verb (HEAT)

[T] to heat objects made of clay in a kiln (= a special oven) so that they become hard
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