Meaning of “burn (sth) down” in the English Dictionary

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"burn (sth) down" in British English

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burn (sth) down

phrasal verb with burn uk /bɜːn/ us /bɝːn/ verb burnt or burned, burnt or burned

B2 to destroy something, especially a building, by fire, or to be destroyed by fire:

He tried to burn down the school by setting fire to a pile of papers.

(Definition of “burn (sth) down” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)