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Meanings for burn

burn, burning(noun)

pain that feels hot as if it were on fire

tan, suntan, sunburn, burn(noun)

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

burn, burn mark(noun)

a place or area that has been burned (especially on a person's body)


damage inflicted by fire

burn, fire, burn down(verb)

destroy by fire

"They burned the house and his diaries"

burn, glow(verb)

shine intensely, as if with heat

"The coals were glowing in the dark"; "The candles were burning"

burn, combust(verb)

undergo combustion

"Maple wood burns well"

bite, sting, burn(verb)

cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort

"The sun burned his face"

burn, combust(verb)

cause to burn or combust

"The sun burned off the fog"; "We combust coal and other fossil fuels"


feel strong emotion, especially anger or passion

"She was burning with anger"; "He was burning to try out his new skies"

burn, incinerate(verb)

cause to undergo combustion

"burn garbage"; "The car burns only Diesel oil"


burn at the stake

"Witches were burned in Salem"


spend (significant amounts of money)

"He has money to burn"


feel hot or painful

"My eyes are burning"

cauterize, cauterise, burn(verb)

burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent

"The surgeon cauterized the wart"

sunburn, burn(verb)

get a sunburn by overexposure to the sun

cut, burn(verb)

create by duplicating data

"cut a disk"; "burn a CD"

burn off, burn, burn up(verb)

use up (energy)

"burn off calories through vigorous exercise"


burn with heat, fire, or radiation

"The iron burnt a hole in my dress"

a natural body of running water smaller than a river

the walkers forded the shallow burn and then came upon a field of gorse

to be on fire especially brightly

all evening long we just sat there, contentedly watching the Yule log burn

to set (something) on fire

it is not a good idea to try to burn old papers in the sink

to be excited or emotionally stirred up with anger

he came home burning with anger because of a reprimand at work

to shine with a bright harsh light

the bright streetlight outside our motel room burned all night long

to cause to believe what is untrue

he's been burned before, so he's careful to double-check such claims now

to make complete use of

heedlessly burning the country's resources without any concern for future generations

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Example Sentences of burn

My sunburn hurts.

I need sunburn lotion.

I want you to burn all of her pictures.

I have to burn the midnight oil tonight.

I wish I could figure out how to burn a DVD.

Looks like I might have to burn the midnight oil tonight.

With respect to these letters, I think the best thing is to burn them.

Are you sure you want us to burn these documents?

Be careful not to burn yourself.

Tom gets indigestion and heartburn when he eats too much rich food.

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Synonyms for burn

burn mark tan combustion electrocution burning at the stake sunburn suntan burning topaz erythema solare tangent kindle evoke bite sack give the axe dismiss go off go up enkindle give the sack cut glow elicit burn up terminate fire combust arouse give notice open fire displace sting send away raise provoke can burn down cauterize incinerate discharge burn off fuel force out cauterise shine beam radiate throw a fit fly off the handle catch fire take fire ignite hit the roof blow up blow a fuse erupt hit the ceiling conflagrate go ballistic have kittens have a fit stick seize with teeth prick twinge callous veer bring down snub turn off edit out rationalize hack trim down write out prune thin slue trim back trim ignore swerve shorten cut off edit thin out cut down skip abridge reduce rationalise contract foreshorten dilute curve switch off sheer make out geld slew tailor turn out disregard issue cut back abbreviate trend flare flame up blaze up blaze brand char consume cremate flame flash scorch set fire to set on fire singe rage smoulder consume with fire reduce to ashes calcine toast parch bake injure by fire or heat shrivel cause to wither be on fire warm be excited brook rivulet streamlet runnel rill small stream blight recording burned burns burnt record brûlé brûlée beck bourn bourne brooklet creek gill run runlet inflame enflame light torch boil foam fume rankle seethe sizzle steam storm beat glare bamboozle beguile bluff buffalo catch con cozen deceive delude dupe fake out fool gaff gammon gull have have on hoax hoodwink hornswoggle humbug juggle misguide misinform mislead snooker snow spoof string along suck in sucker take in trick absorb deplete devour drain draw down exhaust expend play out spend use up

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Antonyms for burn

douse dowse extinguish put out quench snuff (out) undeceive renew replace

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Burn in different languages

  • brennen German
  • quemar Spanish
  • سوختگی Persian
  • polttaa Finnish
  • brûler French
  • bruciare Italian
  • 燃やすJapanese
  • adolebitque Latin
  • palić się Polish
  • queimar Portuguese

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