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"burning" in British English

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burningadjective

uk   /ˈbɜː.nɪŋ/  us   /ˈbɝː.nɪŋ/
  • burning adjective (ON FIRE)

B1 producingflames: A man ​staggered from the burning ​car.

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  • burning adjective (HOT)

very ​hot: burning ​sand Suddenly she ​felt a burning (​sensation) (= ​feeling of ​heat) in her ​throat.
  • burning adjective (STRONG)

C1 A burning desire, need, etc., is one that is very ​strong: a burning ​ambition He ​spoke of his burning ​desire to ​play for his ​country.
burning issue/question
C1 a ​subject or ​question that must be ​dealt with or ​answeredquickly
(Definition of burning from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"burning" in American English

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burningadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈbɜr·nɪŋ/
hot, or ​flaming: Fire ​enginessurrounded the burning ​house.
fig. Burning also ​means of ​extremeinterest or ​importance: Building the new ​school is a burning ​localissue. You have to have a burning ​desire to ​win.
(Definition of burning from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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