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burn down

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present tense
I/you/we/theyburn down
he/she/itburns down
present participleburning down
past tenseburned down or burnt down
past participleburned down or burnt down
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to destroy a building or something large with fire, or to be destroyed in this way

    The entire house burned down in 20 minutes.

    There are laws against burning down forests.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] if a fire or flame burns down, it becomes smaller and less hot

    The fire in the grate gradually burnt down.

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