burn Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “burn” - English Dictionary

Definition of "burn" - American English Dictionary

See all translations

burnverb

 us   /bɜrn/ (past tense and past participle burned  /bɜrnd, bɜrnt/ or burnt  /bɜrnt/ )

burn verb (BE IN FLAMES)

[I/T] to ​produceflames and ​heat: [I] A ​fire still burned in the ​fireplace. [I/T] If something burns a ​fuel, it uses that ​fuel to ​produceenergy: [I] Some new ​fuels burn more ​efficiently than ​gasoline. [M] Running is a good way to burn off ​calories.

burn verb (HURT BY FIRE)

[T] to ​hurt, ​damage, or ​destroy something by ​fire or ​extremeheat: She burned her ​hand on the ​hotiron. People still burn ​trashalthough it’s ​illegal. The ​toast was burned to a ​crisp (= burned until it was ​black). [T] infml If you are burned by an ​activity, you are ​hurtemotionally or ​financially because of it: He got burned in an ​investment and ​lost a lot of ​money.

burnnoun [C]

 /bɜrn/
a ​placed where ​fire or ​heat has ​hurt or ​damaged something: One ​worker had ​severe burns on his ​face and ​hands.
(Definition of burn from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Definition of "burn" - British English Dictionary

See all translations

burnverb

uk   /bɜːn/  us   /bɝːn/ (burnt or burned, burnt or burned)

burn verb (DAMAGE)

B1 [I or T] to be ​hurt, ​damaged, or ​destroyed by ​fire or ​extremeheat, or to ​cause this to ​happen: He was ​badly burned in the ​blaze. She burned his ​oldloveletters. The ​brandy burned (= ​felt too ​hot on) my ​throat. On her first ​day in the ​Caribbean Josie was ​badly burned (= her ​skinbecamered and ​painful from too much ​sun). Fair-skinned ​people burn ​easily in the ​sun. Unable to ​escape, six ​people were burned alive/burned to ​death (= ​died by burning) in the ​building. The ​vegetables were burned to a ​crisp (= ​badly burned). [T always passive] to ​causeemotionalpain or ​damage to someoneburn sb at the stake to ​kill someone by ​tying the ​person to a ​post and burning them burn sth to the ground to ​completelydestroy a ​building by ​fire: The ​building was burned to the ​ground ten ​years ago.
More examples

burn verb (PRODUCE FLAMES)

B1 [I] to be on ​fire, or to ​produceflames: The ​wood was ​wet and would not burn. Helplessly we ​watchedourhouse burning. A ​fire was burning ​brightly in the ​fireplace.
More examples

burn verb (PRODUCE LIGHT)

[I] to ​producelight: I ​saw a ​light burning in her ​window.

burn verb (FEEL HOT)

[I] If ​yourface burns, it ​feels very ​hot: His ​face burned withembarrassment/​shame/​anger.

burn verb (WANT)

[+ to infinitive] to ​want to do something very much: She was burning to ​tell us her ​news.

burn verb (COPY)

B2 [T] to ​copyinformation, ​recordedmusic, ​images, etc. onto a CD: Burn ​yourfavouritesongs or ​yourimportantfiles onto CDs.

burnnoun [C]

uk   /bɜːn/  us   /bɝːn/

burn noun [C] (DAMAGE)

a ​place where ​fire or ​heat has ​hurt or ​damaged something: One ​rescueworkercaught in the ​explosionsustainedsevere burns. I ​noticed a ​cigarette burn in the ​carpet.

burn noun [C] (STREAM)

Scottish English a ​smallstream
(Definition of burn from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

Definition of "burn" - Business English Dictionary

See all translations

burnverb

uk   us   /bɜːn/ (past tense burned or UK also burnt)
[T] IT to ​copyinformation, ​recorded music, ​images, etc. onto a CD: burn sth to/onto sth The ​serviceallowsconsumers to ​download a movie, but not to burn it onto a ​DVD.
be/get burned informal to ​losemoney in a ​businessdeal: Many ​investors were badly burned.
burn a hole in sb's pocket if ​money is burning a ​hole in your ​pocket, you are very eager to ​spend it
burn the candle at both ends to ​work very hard as well as doing other things such as going out late at night, so that you get very little rest
burn the midnight oil to ​work late into the night
get/have your fingers burned (also burn your fingers) to ​losemoney in a ​high-riskbusinessdeal: We've had our fingers burned in the past by ​holding too many ​riskystocks.
(Definition of burn from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of burn?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“burn” in Business English

Word of the Day
faith school

a school that is financially supported by a particular religious group, usually for children from that religion

Word of the Day