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noun     blaze pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [singular] a strong bright light or area of color
    blaze of:

    a blaze of color/light/sunshine

  2. 2
    [countable] [usually singular] a small fire that burns strongly and brightly

    He put on more firewood to get a good blaze going.

    1. a.
      mainly journalism a large fire that causes a lot of damage, especially when a building is burning

      Firefighters were called to a blaze at a warehouse yesterday.

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