Stay away from the fire.
The shack was destroyed by a fire.
Two people died in that terrible fire.
How did the fire start?
We warmed our hands over the fire.
She built a fire in the fireplace.
The fire went out and he had to light it again. Verb
She fired the arrow at the target.
He fired several shots at the police.
He fired at the police.
The gun failed to fire.
The soldiers fired on the enemy.
The shortstop fired the ball to first base.
The angry mob fired rocks at him.
The boxer fired a left jab at his opponent's chin.
The story fired his imagination.
She had to fire several workers. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
In the video, a tearful Cohen described how one woman was in a bomb shelter that was set on fire by the terrorists to force her out.—Desiree Adib, ABC News, 24 Nov. 2023 According to Irish media outlet RTÉ, rioters attacked gardaí, officers of the state police force Garda, and set a garda vehicle on fire.—Bradford Betz, Fox News, 23 Nov. 2023 After being blocked at a checkpoint for several hours, the convoy turned back and then came under fire near the organization’s office.—Louisa Loveluck, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2023 However, failing to properly water your tree is what can cause a fire to occur.—Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2023 Hundreds of emergency workers in Kentucky put out a large fire on Thursday after a
freight train carrying molten sulfur derailed a day earlier, officials said.—Dan Frosch, WSJ, 23 Nov. 2023 For all the accolades officials gave for reopening the 10 in days rather than weeks, state leaders have publicly said little about the precise damage caused by the fire, exactly how Caltrans plans to make fixes and how much the repairs will cost.—Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2023 That came after Bezos had come under fire for what critics said was a lack of philanthropic initiatives, especially amid the charitable activities of his ex-wife, Mackenzie Scott.—CBS News, 21 Nov. 2023 The facility has come under fire and appeared surrounded by Israeli forces.—NBC News, 12 Nov. 2023
An Egyptian official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, described the same scene, saying an Israeli tank fired at a group of Palestinians at an Israeli checkpoint south of Gaza City on Friday morning and killed two people.—Ameera Harouda, New York Times, 24 Nov. 2023 In October, Kimbrough was fired from the Atlanta Police Department, or APD, for not following standard operating procedures by arresting Hollman without a supervisor on the scene.—Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 24 Nov. 2023 In this large-scale set piece, the French army fires cannons at Russian soldiers on a field of ice, and the explosions plunge them into the water.—Armond White, National Review, 24 Nov. 2023 Palestinian militants continued firing rockets at Israel throughout the day, without causing casualties.—Josef Federman, arkansasonline.com, 23 Nov. 2023 OpenAI said Sam Altman will return as chief executive of the artificial-intelligence startup, ending a standoff that began when the board fired him last week.—WSJ, 22 Nov. 2023 Getty Images | Justin Sullivan After five days of chaos triggered by OpenAI's firing of CEO Sam Altman, the executive is set to return to the company, while the board of directors that fired him is to be almost entirely remade.—Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 22 Nov. 2023 The news of her exit comes one day after her co-star Melissa Barrera was fired from the horror movie due to Barrera’s social media posts about Israel and Palestine.—Jordan Moreau, Variety, 22 Nov. 2023 The previous three coaches fired at Texas A&M combined to collect roughly $20 million in buyouts.—Tom Layberger, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle English, from Old English fȳr; akin to Old High German fiur fire, Greek pyr
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)