Definition of burning in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbərniNG/


1On fire: a burning building
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  • He was in a burning building, the fire was below him and it was a long way down to get out.
  • He was illuminated by the fire of the burning building, and he could feel all of their eyes on him.
  • She looked over toward the living room and saw the soft flickering light from a burning fire.
blazing, flaming, fiery, ignited, glowing, red-hot, smoldering, igneous;
raging, roaring
1.1Very hot or bright: burning desert sands
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  • Many feared that the soles of their standard issue boots would tend to melt on the burning desert sands.
  • Theo and I climbed and scrambled until midday under a burning sun.
  • It was malicious, horrible, with two small red eyes as bright as points of burning coal.
extremely hot, red-hot, fiery, blistering, scorching, searing, sweltering, torrid
informal baking, boiling (hot), broiling, roasting, sizzling
1.2Very keenly or deeply felt; intense: he had a burning ambition to climb to the upper reaches of management
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  • He said he hopes to make a comfortable living from acting - that's his burning ambition.
  • It was always her burning ambition to see her mother's name cleared.
  • Malquin shook on his knees, the new wound only adding to the burning fires of pain inside of him.
intense, passionate, deep-seated, profound, wholehearted, strong, ardent, fervent, urgent, fierce, eager, frantic, consuming, uncontrollable
1.3Of urgent interest and importance; exciting or calling for debate: democracy remains a burning issue the burning question of independence
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  • A pump operator from the Water Board said the meeting was very important and a burning issue.
  • The Government's arson control forum is dishing up £133,000 to tackle the burning issue.
  • The golf lived up to all you would expect and the burning question was just who would lift the Captain's prize?
important, crucial, significant, vital, essential, pivotal;
urgent, pressing, compelling, critical



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  • The two seem to merge, briefly and burningly, in the poem ‘Max,’ in which the speaker mourns all that she has lost, both personal and public.
  • There are few things I definitely, absolutely, burningly desire to own.
  • Moreover, Thomas Carlyle and Satie's mother were both Scottish, not English, and the burningly radical Carlyle was not exactly ‘a conservative thinker’.

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Syllabification: burn·ing

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