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(1)   Damage inflicted by fire
(2)   A place or area that has been burned (especially on a person's body)
(3)   An injury caused by exposure to heat or chemicals or radiation
(4)   A browning of the skin resulting from exposure to the rays of the sun
(5)   Pain that feels hot as if it were on fire


(6)   Get a sunburn by overexposure to the sun
(7)   Burn with heat, fire, or radiation
"The iron burnt a hole in my dress"
(8)   Burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent
"The surgeon cauterized the wart"
(9)   Undergo combustion
"Maple wood burns well"
(10)   Cause to undergo combustion
"Burn garbage"
"The car burns only Diesel oil"
(11)   Destroy by fire
"They burned the house and his diaries"
(12)   Use up (energy)
"Burn off calories through vigorous exercise"
(13)   Create by duplicating data
"Cut a disk"
"Burn a CD"
(14)   Feel strong emotion, especially anger or passion
"She was burning with anger"
"He was burning to try out his new skies"
(15)   Cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort
"The sun burned his face"
(16)   Feel hot or painful
"My eyes are burning"
(17)   Spend (significant amounts of money)
"He has money to burn"
(18)   Burn at the stake
"Witches were burned in Salem"
(19)   Cause to burn or combust
"The sun burned off the fog"
"We combust coal and other fossil fuels"
(20)   Shine intensely, as if with heat
"The coals were glowing in the dark"
"The candles were burning"

Etymology 1

From , and .


  1. A physical injury caused by heat or cold or radiation or caustic chemicals.
    She had second-degree burns from falling in the bonfire.
  2. The act of burning something.
    They’re doing a controlled burn of the fields.
  3. Physical sensation in the muscles following strenuous exercise, caused by build-up of lactic acid.
    One and, two and, keep moving; feel the burn!
  4. An intense non-physical sting, as left by an effective insult.


  1. To be consumed by fire, or at least in flames.
    He watched the house burn.
  2. To become overheated so as to make unusable.
    The grill was too hot and the steak was burned.
  3. To feel hot, e.g. due to embarrassment.
    Her cheeks burned with shame.
  4. To sunburn.
    She forgot to put on sunscreen and burned.
  5. To accidentally touch a moving stone.
  6. To cause to be consumed by fire.
    He burned his manuscript in the fireplace.
  7. To overheat so as to make unusable.
    He burned the toast.
  8. To injure (a person or animal) with heat or caustic chemicals.
    She burned the child with an iron, and was put in jail for ten years.
  9. To betray.
    The informant burned him.
  10. To write data to a permanent storage medium like a compact disc or a ROM chip.
    We’ll burn this program onto an E-PROM one hour before the demo begins.
  11. To waste (time).
    We have an hour to burn.
  12. To insult or defeat.
    I just burned you again.
  13. In pontoon, to swap a pair of cards for another pair. Also to deal a dead card.

Etymology 2

From , , from . Cognate with Dutch , German .