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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 basic responsibilities and characteristics of a group, organization, or society, esp. when someone new takes control: 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.
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torchnoun

uk   /tɔːtʃ/  us   /tɔːrtʃ/
B2 [C] UK (US flashlight) a small light that is held in the hand and usually gets its power from batteries: She flashed/shone the torch into the dark room.
[C] a thick stick with material that burns tied to the top of it, used to give light: a flaming/blazing torchliterary Many buildings were put to the torch (= burned intentionally) during the riots.
[S] approving used as a symbol of a political movement or idea that has an important positive influence: 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/
(Definition of torch from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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