verb (used without object), burned or burnt, burn·ing.
- to undergo combustion, either fast or slow; oxidize.
- to undergo fission or fusion.
verb (used with object), burned or burnt, burn·ing.
- to cease functioning because something has been exhausted or burned up, as fuel or a filament: Our light bulbs burned out.
- to deprive of a place to live, work, etc., by reason of fire: They were burned out and had to live with relatives.
- to wear out; exhaust; be worn out; become exhausted.
- to burn completely or utterly: The papers burned up in a minute.
- Informal.to become angry: He burns up at the mention of her name.
Origin of burn1
Synonyms for burn
noun Scot. and North England.
Origin of burn2
Related Words for burnignite, incinerate, light, torch, melt, char, heat, blaze, smolder, scorch, hurt, boil, rage, beat, use, take, sear, flicker, combust, bake
Examples from the Web for burn
Contemporary Examples of burn
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November 27, 2014
Soon, though, voices from off camera begin shouting for retribution, not justice, chanting “Burn this b**** down.”Michael Brown’s Stepfather Tells Crowd, ‘Burn This Bitch Down’
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
November 25, 2014
They not only kill soldiers in battle, they behead them and burn them.Iraqi Soldiers Bribe Officers So They Don't Have to Fight ISIS
October 8, 2014
How to make them burn, naked bodies, how to make them catch?How Hitch & Amis Discovered Evil In My House
September 28, 2014
Be a good citizen, and heaven awaits; fail to convert and lead a moral life, burn in hell.Americans’ Burning Obsession With Hell
September 26, 2014
Historical Examples of burn
I asked him what he would do with the box, because he would not burn it.
I'll burn my copy before I will let you have a glimpse of it.In the Midst of Alarms
Few could imagine from his modest exterior the latent, fire and energy which burn in his bosom.Ridgeway
I'll have to burn some midnight oil, but I can visualize the bridge.Her Father's Daughter
And suppose I set fire to this pyramid with a candle—will she burn up?Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
verb burns, burning, burnt or burned
Word Origin for burn
Word Origin for burn
12c., combination of Old Norse brenna "to burn, light," and two originally distinct Old English verbs: bærnan "to kindle" (transitive) and beornan "to be on fire" (intransitive), all from Proto-Germanic *brennan/*branajan (cf. Middle Dutch bernen, Dutch branden, Old High German brinnan, German brennen, Gothic -brannjan "to set on fire"). This perhaps is from PIE *gwher- "to heat, warm" (see warm (adj.)), or from PIE *bhre-n-u, from root *bhreue- "to boil forth, well up" (see brew (v.)). Related: Burned/burnt (see -ed); burning.
Figuratively (of passions, battle, etc.) in Old English. Meaning "cheat, swindle, victimize" is first attested 1650s. In late 18c, slang, burned meant "infected with venereal disease." To burn one's bridges (behind one) "behave so as to destroy any chance of returning to a status quo" (attested by 1892 in Mark Twain), perhaps ultimately is from reckless cavalry raids in the American Civil War. Slavic languages have historically used different and unrelated words for the transitive and intransitive senses of "set fire to"/"be on fire:" cf. Polish palić/gorzeć, Russian žeč'/gorel.
c.1300, "act of burning," from Old English bryne, from the same source as burn (v.). Until mid-16c. the usual spelling was brenne. Meaning "mark made by burning" is from 1520s. Slow burn first attested 1938, in reference to U.S. movie actor Edgar Kennedy (1890-1948), who made it his specialty.
In addition to the idioms beginning with burn
- burn at the stake
- burn down
- burned up
- burn in effigy
- burning question
- burn into
- burn off
- burn one's bridges
- burn oneself out
- burn one's fingers
- burn out
- burn rubber
- burn someone up
- burn the candle at both ends
- burn the midnight oil
- burn to a cinder
- burn up
- crash and burn
- ears are burning
- fiddle while Rome burns
- (burn) in effigy
- money burns a hole in one's pocket
- money to burn
- slow burn