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verb burst pronunciation in British English /bɜː(r)st/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyburst
he/she/itbursts
present participlebursting
past tenseburst
past participleburst
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if something filled with air or water bursts, or if you burst it, it breaks suddenly because there is too much pressure inside it or against it
    Did a tyre burst?
    A dam burst, causing severe flooding.
    She spitefully burst the little boy’s balloon.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to go somewhere quickly and suddenly
    burst into/through/out: A man burst into the room waving a gun.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to become noticeable or successful quickly and suddenly
      burst into/onto/upon: He burst onto the racing scene in 1998.

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