Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “fire”

See all translations

fire

noun
 
 
/faɪər/
FLAME [U] A2 heat, light, and flames that are produced when something burnsFire and flameFire service
catch fire B1 to start burning: The car crashed and caught fire.Starting fires
on fire B1 burning: That house is on fire.Burning, burnt and on fire
set fire to sth; set sth on fire to make something start burning, usually to cause damage: Enemy troops set fire to the village.Starting fires
EVENT [C] an event when something burns in a way that causes damage and cannot be controlled: Three people were killed in the fire. It took the firefighters two hours to put the fire out (= stop it burning).Fire and flameFire service
NATURAL HEAT [C] B1 a pile of wood, coal, etc that is burning to produce heat: We sat by the fire. They put up the tents and lit a fire.Fire and flameFire serviceHeaters and burners
an electric/gas fire UK a piece of equipment that uses electricity/gas to heat a roomFire and flameFire serviceHeaters and burners
SHOOTING [U] the shooting of guns and other weapons: The soldiers opened fire (= started shooting).Guns
(Definition of fire noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “fire” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

white Christmas

a Christmas when it snows

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More