torch Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"torch" in British English

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torchnoun

uk   /tɔːtʃ/  us   /tɔːrtʃ/
B2 [C] UK (US flashlight) a ​smalllight that is ​held in the ​hand and usually gets ​itspower from batteries: She flashed/​shone the torch into the ​darkroom. [C] a ​thickstick with ​material that ​burnstied to the ​top of it, used to give ​light: a ​flaming/​blazing torchliterary Many ​buildings were put to the torch (= ​burnedintentionally) during the ​riots. [S] approving used as a ​symbol of a ​politicalmovement or ​idea that has an ​importantpositiveinfluence: She ​promised that the ​party would ​carry the torch of progressivism into the next ​decade.
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torchverb [T]

uk   /tɔːtʃ/  us   /tɔːrtʃ/
to ​burn a ​building or other ​large thing, ​intentionally and usually ​illegally: They ​smashed a ​sidedoor to get in and then torched the ​warehouse when they had taken what they ​wanted.
(Definition of torch from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"torch" in American English

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torchnoun [C]

 us   /tɔrtʃ/
a ​stick that ​burns at one end and is ​held at the other end and is used esp. as a ​light: Which ​athlete will ​carry the ​Olympic torch into the ​stadium? fig. The torch is the ​basicresponsibilities and characteristics of a ​group, ​organization, or ​society, esp. when someone new ​takescontrol: After he ​retired, the torch ​passed to his ​daughter, who now ​runs the ​organization. A torch is also a blowtorch .

torchverb [T]

 us   /tɔrtʃ/ infml
to ​burn something ​intentionally and usually ​illegally: They torched the ​warehouse and ​ran.
(Definition of torch from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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