Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “burn”

See all translations

burn

verb
 
 
/bɜːn/ ( past tense burned or UK also burnt)
[T] IT to copy information, recorded music, images, etc. onto a CD: burn sth to/onto sth The service allows consumers to download a movie, but not to burn it onto a DVD.
be/get burned informal to lose money in a business deal: Many investors were badly burned.
burn a hole in sb's pocket if money is burning a hole in your pocket, you are very eager to spend it
burn the candle at both ends to work very hard as well as doing other things such as going out late at night, so that you get very little rest
burn the midnight oil to work late into the night
get/have your fingers burned ( also burn your fingers) to lose money in a high-risk business deal: We've had our fingers burned in the past by holding too many risky stocks.
(Definition of burn from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of burn?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “burn” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

be in/out of luck

to be able/unable to have or do what you want

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More