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[ burn ]SEE DEFINITION OF burn

Synonyms for burn

  • blaze
  • char
  • heat
  • ignite
  • incinerate
  • light
  • melt
  • scorch
  • smolder
  • torch
  • bake
  • brand
  • broil
  • calcine
  • cauterize
  • combust
  • conflagrate
  • cook
  • cremate
  • enkindle
  • flame
  • flare
  • flash
  • flicker
  • glow
  • kindle
  • parch
  • rekindle
  • roast
  • scald
  • sear
  • singe
  • smoke
  • toast
  • wither
  • be ablaze
  • reduce to ashes
  • set a match to
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Antonyms for burn

  • extinguish
  • freeze
  • put out
  • aid
  • cool
  • help
  • quench
  • smother
  • stifle
  • subdue
  • wet
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR 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.

Few could imagine from his modest exterior the latent, fire and energy which burn in his bosom.

I'll have to burn some midnight oil, but I can visualize the bridge.

And suppose I set fire to this pyramid with a candle—will she burn up?

We must burn her in the tree; there is no way to kill her except by fire.'

Then they set fire to it on all sides, laughing and shouting: 'Burn, burn, daughter of the Didi!'

Thoughts that breathe and words that burn did not drop from his lips as from Danton's.

If it is not well browned, burn some sugar on a hot shovel, and stir it in.

Broil them over a clear fire, and see that the bread does not burn.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BURN

anger

verbmake someone mad; become mad

beam

verbshine, as a light
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