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burn

Synonyms of burn in English:

verb

  • 1 the house was burning
    be on fire, be alight, be ablaze, blaze, go up, go up in smoke, be in flames, be aflame;
    smoulder, glow, flare, flash, flicker
    literarybe afire
    archaicbe ardent
  • 2 he burned all the letters
    set fire to, set on fire, set alight, set light to, light, set burning, ignite, touch off, put a match to, kindle, incinerate, reduce to ashes, destroy by fire
    informaltorch
    archaicfire, inflame
  • 3 I forgot to turn off the iron and nearly burned his dress shirt
    scorch, singe, sear, char, blacken, discolour, brand;
    technicalcauterize, calcine
    raretorrefy
  • 4 her face burned with humiliation
    be hot, be warm, feel hot, be feverish, be fevered, be on fire;
    blush, redden, be red, go red, go pink, turn red, turn crimson, turn scarlet, flush, colour, crimson
  • 5 her lip burned where her teeth had pierced it
    smart, sting, tingle, prick, prickle, be irritated, be sore, hurt, be painful, throb, ache
  • 6 Martha was burning with curiosity
    be consumed by/with, be eaten up by/with, be obsessed by/with, be tormented by/with, be bedevilled by
  • 7 he was burning with fury
    seethe, boil, fume, smoulder, simmer, be boiling over, be beside oneself
    informalbe livid, be wild, jump up and down, froth/foam at the mouth
  • 8 Meredith burned to know what the secret was
    yearn, long, have a longing, ache, be aching, itch, be itching, desire, be consumed with the desire, want, want badly, be unable to wait, be eager, be desperate, hanker, have a hankering, wish, crave, lust, pant, hunger, be hungry, be greedy, thirst, be thirsty
    informalhave a yen, yen, be dying
    archaicbe athirst, be desirous
  • 9 people differ considerably in the energy they burn up
    [Antonyms] conserve
  • Phrases

    burn oneself out

    1
    don't burn yourself out or you won't even feel up to making that once-weekly trip
    [Antonyms] be idle
    work too hard, work like a Trojan/horse/slave, work/run oneself into the ground, wear oneself to a shadow, work one's fingers to the bone, drive oneself into the ground, sweat, sweat blood, work day and night, burn the candle at both ends, burn the midnight oil, overtax oneself, overtax one's strength, kill oneself, do too much, overdo it, strain oneself, overburden oneself, overload oneself, drive/push oneself too hard
    informalknock oneself out, work one's tail off
    vulgar slangwork/sweat one's balls off

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