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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyburst into
he/she/itbursts into
present participlebursting into
past tenseburst into
past participleburst into
  1. 1
    [transitive] burst into something to suddenly start doing something
    burst into tears/song/laughter:

    Terri keeps bursting into tears (=starting to cry) for no reason.

  2. 2
    burst into flames to suddenly start burning with large flames

    Their helicopter burst into flames after hitting a power line.

  3. 3
    burst into life to suddenly start working or becoming active
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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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