Meaning of “burn” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /bɜːn/ past tense and past participle burnt, burned
Extra Examples
Cars were burned and buildings set alight.Protesters burned effigies of the president.His clothes were so old and dirty that she burnt them all.We burn most of our organic waste on a bonfire.A lot of buildings in the old quarter were by now burning.

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.

B1 to produce flames:

The fire's burning well.

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!
burn yourself/your fingers, etc

B1 to be hurt by fire or heat:

He burned his hand on the kettle.
ENERGY [ T ] also burn up

to use fuel to produce heat or energy:

to burn calories/fuel
COPY [ T ]

to copy music, information or images onto a CD:

He's burnt all his favourite records onto a CD.
SKIN [ I ]

to be very hot or sore:

Her cheeks were burning.
burn with anger/hatred, etc

to feel an emotion very strongly

(Definition of “burn verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)