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burn

verb

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to be on fire especially brightly
  • all evening long we just sat there, contentedly watching the Yule log burn

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2 to set (something) on fire
  • it is not a good idea to try to burn old papers in the sink

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3 to be excited or emotionally stirred up with anger
  • he came home burning with anger because of a reprimand at work

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4 to shine with a bright harsh light
  • the bright streetlight outside our motel room burned all night long

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5 to cause to believe what is untrue
  • he's been burned before, so he's careful to double-check such claims now

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6 to make complete use of
  • heedlessly burning the country's resources without any concern for future generations

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burn

noun
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Synonyms of burn (Entry 2 of 2)

a natural body of running water smaller than a river
  • the walkers forded the shallow burn and then came upon a field of gorse

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The first known use of burn was before the 12th century

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“Burn.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/burn. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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