- to undergo combustion, either fast or slow; oxidize.
- to undergo fission or fusion.
- 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.
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What does burn mean?
To burn means to be on fire, as in Nomar burned all the wood in the campfire.
To burn literally means to consume fuel in a way that gives off heat, gases, and light, as with a fire, or to contain a fire, as a fireplace does.
Burn also has many figurative senses related to its literal sense. For example, if you feel pain from a wound, you might say it burns. Something that stings can also be said to burn. And something that gives off a glow, such as a lamp, also burns.
As well, if you’re very angry, you might say you’re burning. And if you have very strong feelings, either positive or negative, you might say you’re burning with those feelings.
Finally a burn is a burned place, such as where there was a fire, or an injury to your skin. A first-degree burn usually turns the skin red and causes swelling. A second-degree burn could include blisters, while a third-degree burn causes damage to the tissue beneath the skin.
Example: He cleaned up so many sticks from his backyard that he decided to burn them instead of taking them to the dumpster.
Where does burn come from?
The first records of the term burn come from before the year 900. It ultimately comes from the Old English beornan and bærnan.
Burn is also used in many phrases and contexts that really have nothing to do with burning. One meaning is “to be taken advantage of” or “to be beaten,” as in You got burned on that deal.
Burn has two past tenses. Both burned and burnt are acceptable spellings, but especially in North America, burnt is preferred for description, as in burnt toast.
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What are some other forms related to burn?
- burnable (adjective)
- half-burned (adjective)
- nonburnable (adjective)
- unburnable (adjective)
- well-burned (adjective)
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How is burn used in real life?
Burn is a very common word used in relation to a physical fire as well as figurative senses.
The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn. ~ David Russell
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— 𝒇. (@momentsofence) October 31, 2021
All the stars in the universe will eventually burn out and the universe will be dark for the rest of time.
— UberFacts (@UberFacts) March 13, 2015
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Is burn used correctly in the following sentence?
At the end of the school year, Sean likes to burn all his school papers in a fire pit.
How to use burn in a sentence
Fuel spilled by a tanker burns in the Cuyahoga River on August 25th.
There are just so many reasons not to pick up the drip torch and start a prescribed burn even though it’s the safe, smart thing to do.
Burn bosses in California can more easily be held liable than their peers in some other states if the wind comes up and their burn goes awry.
California, of course, uses aircraft—it has both its own fleet and can employ contractors—to mount full-court presses on fires, but the practice is certainly not limited to combating burns in the Golden State.How aerial firefighters battle blazes from the skies|Rob Verger|August 27, 2020|Popular-Science
The battery, she alleged, exploded and left her with severe burns.Amazon’s days of dodging liability for its marketplace could be numbered|Marc Bain|August 14, 2020|Quartz
Hatuey replied that he would rather burn and be sent to hell than ever again encounter people as cruel as the Spanish.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Are sociopathic animals in while sociopathic people burn in hell?Sorry, Internet: Pope Francis Didn't Open Paradise to Pets|Candida Moss|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Related: Infographic: How Much Exercise It Takes to Burn Off Thanksgiving Dinner 6.12 Thanksgiving Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work|DailyBurn|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
In order to get the ghosts to glow, we had to do what was called a double burn.Garfield Television: The Cat Who Saved Primetime Cartoons|Rich Goldstein|November 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Truth is a torch, but one of enormous size; so that we slink past it in rather a blinking fashion for fear it should burn us.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
On the thirteenth of the same month they bound to the stake, in order to burn alive, a man who had two religious in his house.
He couldn't sell them; he couldn't burn them; he was even compelled to insure them, to his intense disgust.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
They used to declare that every unbaptised baby would go to Hell and burn for ever in fire and brimstone.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
And it shall devour the mountains, and burn the wilderness, and consume all that is green as with fire.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
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British Dictionary definitions for burn (2 of 2)
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Other Idioms and Phrases with burn
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