scorch - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlescorching
past tensescorched
past participlescorched
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if you scorch something, or if it scorches, it burns enough to change colour or be damaged on the surface

    The forest fire was contained after scorching some ten thousand acres.

  2. 2
    [transitive] if extreme heat scorches you, it is so hot that it is painful

    The hot pavement scorched the bottoms of their bare feet.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] if heat or a substance put on a plant scorches it, or if the plant scorches, it becomes dry and dies

    If you fertilize the plant now, it will scorch.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] British informal to go or move very fast

    He scorched across the finishing line to victory.