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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyburn out
he/she/itburns out
present participleburning out
past tenseburned out or burnt out
past participleburned out or burnt out
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if a fire burns out, or if it burns itself out, it stops burning
  2. 2
    [transitive] [usually passive] to completely destroy the inside of something such as a vehicle or building

    an empty house that had been burned out by kids

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] if you burn out, or if you burn yourself out, you make yourself sick or unable to continue working because you have worked too hard
  4. 4
    [transitive] to burn someone’s home so that they have to leave it
  5. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] if a piece of electrical equipment burns out, or if it is burned out, it gets too hot and stops working
  6. 6
    [intransitive/transitive] if a strong feeling burns out, or if it burns itself out, you stop feeling it

    His rage had been intense, but it had burned itself out.

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