What is the meaning of burn?


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


  • Destroy by fire.
    • usage: "They burned the house and his diaries"
  • Shine intensely, as if with heat.
    • usage: "The coals were glowing in the dark"; "The candles were burning"
  • Undergo combustion.
    • usage: "Maple wood burns well"
  • Cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort.
    • usage: "The sun burned his face"
  • Cause to burn or combust.
    • usage: "The sun burned off the fog"; "We combust coal and other fossil fuels"
  • Feel strong emotion, especially anger or passion.
    • usage: "She was burning with anger"; "He was burning to try out his new skies"
  • Cause to undergo combustion.
    • usage: "burn garbage"; "The car burns only Diesel oil"
  • Burn at the stake.
    • usage: "Witches were burned in Salem"
  • Spend (significant amounts of money. )
    • usage: "He has money to burn"
  • Feel hot or painful.
    • usage: "My eyes are burning"
  • Burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent.
    • usage: "The surgeon cauterized the wart"
  • Get a sunburn by overexposure to the sun.
  • Create by duplicating data.
    • usage: "cut a disk"; "burn a CD"
  • Use up (energy. )
    • usage: "burn off calories through vigorous exercise"
  • Burn with heat, fire, or radiation.
    • usage: "The iron burnt a hole in my dress"
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APAWordNet. (2010). burn. Retrieved April 24, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/burn/definitions/1190338
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "burn" http://smartdefine.org/burn/definitions/1190338 (accessed April 24, 2019).
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MLAWordNet. "burn" 23 October 2010. Web. 24 April 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/burn/definitions/1190338>
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