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fire

noun (FLAMES)    /faɪər/ US  /faɪr/
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 ).Fire and flameFire service 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.Fire and flameFire service 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?Burning, burnt and on fire [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.Heaters and burners
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