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noun fire pronunciation in British English /ˈfaɪə(r)/
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singularfire
pluralfires
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] flames and heat from something that is burning in an uncontrolled way
    The school was badly damaged by fire.
    Three children died in a fire at their home last night.
    be destroyed by fire: The theatre was completely destroyed by fire.
    start a fire: It is thought that local youths may have started the fire.
    fight/tackle/put out a fire: Twenty firefighters tackled the fire.
    a fire breaks out: a fire broke out in a Paris nightclub.
    a forest fire: The hot dry weather has increased the risk of forest fires.
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  2. 2
    [countable] a small pile of burning wood, coal etc that you make in order to produce heat
    a coal fire
    make/build a fire: We went off to collect wood to build a fire.
    light a fire: Once the fire was lit, the room seemed more inviting.
    a blazing/roaring fire: We sat in front of a blazing log fire.
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  3. 3
    [countable] British a piece of equipment that uses electricity or gas to heat a room
    an electric/gas fire: There was an old gas fire in the bedroom.
  4. 4
    [uncountable] shots from a gun
    We heard a sudden loud burst of machine gun fire.
    Armed police arrived on the scene, and there was an exchange of fire.
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  5. 5
    [uncountable] formal strong feelings such as anger or enthusiasm
    His words were full of fire and passion.

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