Definition of sear in English:

sear

Syllabification: sear

verb

[with object]
1Burn or scorch the surface of (something) with a sudden, intense heat: the water got so hot that it seared our lips figurative a sharp pang of disappointment seared her
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  • Even though the sun was near the horizon, it still sent out waves of intense heat that seared the ground until it was bone dry.
  • But the effect of her forgetfulness was that her successor, Stephen Lander, took the heat of some searing criticism for decisions for which he had no responsibility.
  • How will those hardy minions survive the summer blasts of arctic air conditioning in between the bouts of broiling street heat beneath searing serge?
Synonyms
hurt, wound, pain, cut to the quick, sting;
distress, grieve, upset, trouble, harrow, torment, torture
1.1 [no object] (Of pain) be experienced as a sudden, burning sensation: a crushing pain seared through his chest
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  • I nodded slightly, starting to sit up, ignoring the twinges of pain searing across my whole upper body.
  • Suddenly a burning pain seared through the centre of her forehead, just above her dark eyebrows.
  • A sharp pain seared through my chest that might or might not have been related to being fresh out of a fight.
1.2Brown (food) quickly at a high temperature so that it will retain its juices in subsequent cooking: (as adjective seared) seared chicken livers
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  • This cooking method allows small pieces of food to be seared and cooked very superficially, thus retaining their texture and flavour.
  • He offers this simple tenderloin - quickly sautéed to sear the outside but not melt the marbling inside - for a special holiday meal.
  • The unique characteristic of this charcoal is that it can heat up to a very high temperature, which helps sear the meat and lock in its juice.
Synonyms
1.3 archaic Cause to wither.
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  • Scattered along fertile valleys, between sands and snows, most Afghan people farm land which is seared by 40 Centigrade summers, and is snowbound by the long, cold winters.
1.4 archaic Make (someone’s conscience, heart, or feelings) insensitive.
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  • Have we as a people had our conscience so seared that atrocities such as this cause not an eyebrow to even raise?
  • A person with a seared conscience no longer has feelings toward God or His eternal laws.

adjective

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variant spelling of sere1.
More example sentences
  • But a certain bitter aura also hung about the flower; the last in bloom among sere grasses, fallen leaves, and rimy dawns.
  • Approaching the small township of Pripyat, downwind from the disaster, we passed through a belt of pinewoods, sere and withered, the needles distorted as if scorched by unseen flame.
  • The flowers will die, sere stalks suggesting bones or ashes.

Origin

Old English sēar (adjective), sēarian (verb), of Germanic origin.

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