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burn

verb
 
 
/bɜːn/ ( past tense and past participle burnt, burned)
DESTROY [I, T] B1 to destroy something with fire, or to be destroyed by fire: I burnt all his letters. The factory burned to the ground. He dropped his cigarette and burnt a hole in his jacket.Burning, burnt and on fire
FLAMES [I] B1 to produce flames: The fire's burning well.Burning, burnt and on fire
COOK TOO LONG [I, T] If you burn something that you are cooking, you cook it too much and if something you are cooking burns, it cooks too much: Check the pizza - I think it's burning!Burning, burnt and on fire
burn yourself/your fingers, etc B1 to be hurt by fire or heat: He burned his hand on the kettle.Burning, burnt and on fire
ENERGY [T] ( also burn up) to use fuel to produce heat or energy: to burn calories/fuelBurning, burnt and on fire
COPY [T] to copy music, information or images onto a CD: He's burnt all his favourite records onto a CD.Copying and copiesForgery
SKIN [I] to be very hot or sore: Her cheeks were burning.Pain and painful
burn with anger/hatred, etc to feel an emotion very stronglyStrong feelings
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