burn up

phrasal verb

burned up or burnt up; burning up; burns up
: to be destroyed or cause (something) to be destroyed by fire
Most asteroids burn up upon entering the Earth's atmosphere.
Wildfires have been raging across the region burning up acres of forest.
Do we still need these old receipts? No, burn them up.

Examples of burn up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nearly all of the spacecraft should have burned up during reentry. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 22 Jan. 2024 Households unable to afford these exorbitant prices had no choice but to look for fuel in unexpected places, tearing apart the gallows of their town squares or, if those had already been burned up, their own floorboards. Tim Brinkhof, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Jan. 2024 The peanut crop failed, the cotton and corn crops burned up, and their income that first year was less than $200. Kevin Sullivan, Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2023 For the video, Lipa burns up the dance floor in a rehearsal room, lending to the song’s future dance-floor domination. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 9 Nov. 2023 Earlier in the day futures were up more than 10% on the prospect that a lot of the country's surplus of gas will be burned up in furnaces in the coming days and that many wells in the Rockies and mid-continent will freeze over, reducing output during the freeze. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, 9 Jan. 2024 Fortunately for us, most of these small pieces of debris burn up in the atmosphere before reaching the ground — and that's what produces a meteor, or shooting star. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 3 Jan. 2024 Most of the rocket burned up during reentry, but this booster stage is so massive that large fragments fell to the ground, or into the sea, intact. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 29 Nov. 2023 That November, a wildfire started burning up in the foothills. Kathleen McGrory, ProPublica, 6 Jan. 2024 See More

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“Burn up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burn%20up. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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